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Catfish Eldorado De Colorado

6 Pan-dressed catfish
Lard or bacon drippings
1 lb Garlic clove; minced
28 oz Tomatoes (lg can)
1 tb Worcestershire sauce
1 Green pepper; seeded/chopped
4 tb All-purpose flour
2 Eggs
4 oz Green chili strips; roasted and peeled
6 oz Monterrey jack (or longhorn cheddar) cheese; shredded
1 md White onion
1/2 ts Basil
1 Bay leaf
3 ds Liquid tabasco sauce
1/3 c Beef
1/8 ts Pepper
1/2 ts Salt


Saute onion, garlic and green pepper in 2 tablespoons lard until softened. Add tomatoes and simmer 5 minutes. Add liquid Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beer, basil, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare catfish. Melt enough lard in skillet to cover bottom. Separate eggs; beat whites until fluffy. Fold in beaten yolks and stir egg mixtrue briskly in bowl. Wash catfish in cold water. Dredge in flour. Holding fish by tail, dip in egg mixture to cover completely. Place fish immediately in frying pan heated to 350 degrees. Brown lightly on each side. Remove; place in ungreased baking dish. Lay 3 chili strips lengthwide on each fish. Cover with tomato sauce and bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degreess, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Sprinkle with shredded cheese during last five minutes of baking.


Note: Enameled saucepan and non-metallic baking dish are recommended.


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