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Farm-Raised Catfish Fry

6 3/4 to 1 lb farm-raised catfish
1 c Buttermilk
1 1/2 tb To 2 tbsp salt
1 tb Pepper
1 1/2 c Self-rising cornmeal
1/2 c Self-rising flour
1 1/2 qt To 2 qts peanut oil

Make shallow diagonal cuts 2 inches apart in thickest portion of sides of fish. Place in a large, shallow dish.

Combine buttermilk, salt, and pepper; pour over fish. Cover and marinate in refrigerator at least 8 hours, turning fish fillets occasionally.

Remove fish from marinade, discard marinade.

Combine cornmeal and flour. Dredge fish in cornmeal mixture, coating completely.

Pour peanut oil to depth of 1-1/2 inches into a large deep skillet; heat oil to 370 F degrees. Fry fish, two at a time, about 6 minutes or until golden. Drain well on paper towels. Repeat procedure with remaining fish. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.

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