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I’m back with another recipe that will blast your face with some deliciousness.  But, as per requiem, I have a tell to tale about today’s featured guest:  Catfish.  (And no, I’m not talking about yall lying asses on those dating phones. You know who you are, Ted.)

Catfish can be as much fun to eat as they are to catch.  And everyone has some kooky way to catch them, other than with a fishing pole.  We used to catch slabs at the Bossier boat launch on the Red River, as long as you had a 5 pound dumbbell as a weight so the current didn’t run off with your bait!  But my friend Little Tick had a different plan.

Tick had, somehow, gotten his hands on a half box of dynamite from a road crew building I-220.  He spent the better part of three weeks trying to sell it to high school kids in Bossier, but had no luck.  Instead he hatched a plan to use it to catch fish.  His plan was to blow it up under water and pick up all the fish that floated to the surface.  I wasn’t gonna pass that up anything that involved my two favorite past times; blowing stuff up and fishing.  So we hooked up his jon boat to his Nissan station wagon and headed to Wallace Lake.

We put the boat in the water and headed out.  Once we got to where we thought was a good spot, Tick lit some dynamite and threw it in the water.  BOOM!  When I opened my eyes, a redneck heaven lay before me.  There had to be about 1000 fish coming to the surface.  Tick got so excited, he jumped in the water to start collecting fish.  But one thing we didn’t think about was the fact that the explosion would shake loose all the snakes in the area.

I would like to take this time to voice my vile hatred for those no shoulder having SOBs.  I mean how can something move with no arms and no legs?  Huh?  And they can just take their faces apart to eat something?  That there is the work of Lucifer.  Nope. Bye.

So as Tick is swimming out gathering fish, this big snake wraps himself around tick’s head and he goes to screaming like my grandma did that time her cigarette fell out of her mouth into her lap.  He’s thrashing around screaming for me to help him.  In a moment of panic, I grabbed the oar of the boat and swung as hard as I could at the snake.  I got the snake, but also knocked Tick out cold.

At this point, I was faced with a dilemma.  I ain’t about to get in this water with all these snakes swimming around.  And we had tons of fish to collect.  About the time I got the second ice chest loaded, Tick woke up and proceeded to scream like a little girl.  I got him in the boat, and aside from a shiner the size if a Picadilly dinner plate he was fine, especially when he saw how much fish we had!  We “caught” 65 pounds of catfish that day, which is why I bring you this recipe.

We still have 3 sticks of dynamite left over, so keep a look out for us on local waterways, we fish the easy way!

Note:  recipe was doubled in pictures

2 lbs. catfish filets

1 red bell pepper chopped

1 green bell pepper chopped

1 large white onion chopped

1 bunch green onion finely chopped

4 ribs celery finely chopped

2 sticks of butter

6 oz can tomato paste

28 oz crushed tomato (can substitute 4 fresh tomatos)

10 oz Rotel tomato

30 oz tomato sauce

1 tbs sugar

1 tbs parsley flakes

½ tsp salt

1 tsp black pepper

¼ tsp cayenne

2 bay leaves

(cut up some garlic and set aside, not to eat, but to keep the vampires away!)

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Melt butter over low heat in a large Dutch oven or heavy bottom pot.  Large roaster is best, for size purposes.  Add chopped vegetables and saute over medium heat for 25-30 minutes.

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Stir it

Slowly add flour and incorporate by stirring.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Add tomato paste, stir well, and cook for another 10 minutes.  Mix in crushed and/or fresh tomatoes, Rotel tomatoes, and tomato sauce, blending well.

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Add sugar, parsley flakes, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and bay leaves; mix well.  Add 2 cups of hot water or seafood stock and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.  Season catfish filets with your desired cajun, seafood, dry seasoning and place in fridge.  After sauce simmers for one hour, place catfish evenly spread apart in sauce and use spoon to push under the surface of the sauce.  Bring back to a low boil, reduce heat, simmer for another hour.

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After simmering for an hour, serve over rice and enjoy.

Finished product

Next recipe will be Red Beans and Rice, per request from Pig Wig (I got you fam).  I you have any recipes you’d like to see, feel free to email in and let us know.  We aim to please.