COUNTRY COUNTDOWN #2
Number 2 goes out today for my Daddy. He loves to fish. He loves Ma. She wonders who he loves more. Ma and Daddy are retired and live on a big beautiful lake where Dad can fish his little heart out. All. Day. Long. See, there he is…
We fished often when I was younger, and have many fishing stories and many more “Fishing Tales” than you could shake a rod at. One of the funniest stories was when Daddy took my brother Rob, my cousin Joe, and me way out into the ocean to do some fishing. Soon after my cousin was done chumming- losing his cookies- he got a huge tug on his line. We thought for sure he had snagged the bottom. After a long fight and maneuvering the boat around, we got a glimpse of what he had caught that caused mass panic on board. Dad shouted, “cut the line!” when the ray’s massive tail whipped up out of the water. But Joe did one better, he flung Daddy’s GOOD rod and reel overboard with the beast still attached. Story or Fish Tale? I don’t know but it gets better with age. Here’s another Brad Paisley song. He sure can sing some fun ones…
“Well I love her
And I love to fish
I spend all day out on this lake
And hell is all I catch
Today she met me at the door
Said I would have to choose
If I hit that fishin’ hole today
She’d be packin’ all her things
And she’d be gone by noon
Well I’m gonna miss her“
I attended my friend’s baby shower last week and my other friend Nancy, had brought mini burger sliders which she had wrapped in foil and placed all around a cupcake stand with all the condiments in little containers on the stand too. It was so cute that I thought it would be neat to do the same thing with these Catfish Sliders. I filled silicone cupcake cups with tartar sauce, tiny lemon wedges, dill pickles, and small slices of cheese. I chose Pirate themed toothpicks because maybe that’s how Dad thinks of himself out there. Arrrrhhh.
1 pound skinned catfish
2 T. olive oil
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
1 tsp. Kosher salt
sprinkle black pepper
1 1/2 cup oil for frying
20 party sized mini rolls, I used Martin’s Party Roll
dill pickle slices
5 slices of favorite cheese, quartered
favorite tartar sauce
10 lemon wedges cut in half
In a skillet over medium heat, fry catfish in a little olive oil until cooked through, flipping to ensure even cooking. Mine took about 4 minutes on each side. Using two forks flake up catfish into small pieces. Place in a large bowl with flour, baking powder, onion, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix until well blended. In a large Dutch oven, or skillet heat oil for frying. I do not know the temp. of the oil, I just knew it was ready when I placed a tiny piece of batter in the oil and it stayed on top and sizzled right away. Using a measuring tablespoon, spoon a slightly rounded spoonful of catfish mix- mixture will be wet, into the hot oil, gently pressing down with the back of the spoon. Fry about 6 sliders at a time to not overcrowd pan. Fry on each side until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and continue frying the rest of the mixture until complete. Place sliders in buns, secure with a toothpick, place in a paper cupcake liners, and display on a pretty tray or cupcake stand. Serve with dill pickle slices, tartar sauce, cheese slices, and lemon wedges. These are very crispy and are very tasty at room temperature too. Make about 20 sliders.
Note- These are great for any theme you can dream up by simply changing up the cupcake liners, toothpicks, and maybe even adding some ribbons that match your theme.
Bunco or Poker Night
If you do not like these sliders, how ’bout these…
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Come back tomorrow for #1 and a very special Anniversary!