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  • 4-6 dressed catfish, trout, or shad fillets
  • Salt and hot pepper flakes (long cayenne well dried and well diced)
  • Country bacon drippings or lard (for cooking grease)
  • White cornmeal (enough to roll the fish in)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Got pepper flakes
  • Fresh turnip greens, washed and coarsely chopped
  • Directions

    Season the fish with the salt and hot pepper flakes. Season the cornmeal with salt, black pepper, and hot pepper flakes to taste. Melt the fat in a cast-iron skillet. Once the drippings are hot but not smoking, deftly roll the fish in the seasoned cornmeal and fry in the pan, about five minutes a side if thick (three if ½ inch or thinner), until the fish is uniformly golden brown. Remove from the skillet and drain well. Wilt turnip greens in fat after fish have fried.

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