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Crispy Fried Catfish

6 md Catfish --cleaned and dressed
1 ts Salt
1/4 ts Pepper
2 oz Hot sauce
2 c Self-rising cornmeal
Vegetable oil
Watercress; optional
Lemon slices; optional

Sprinkle catfish with salt and pepper; place in a shallow dish. Add hot sauce; marinate 1 to 2 hours in refrigerator.

Place cornmeal in a plastic bag; drop in catfish, one at a time, and shake until completely coated. Fry in deep hot oil (375F) until fish float to the top and are golden brown; drain well. Garnish with watercress and lemon slices, if desired.

Yield: 6 servings.

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