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Catfish with Bacon and Onions

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4 8- to 10-ounce fresh or frozen pan-dressed catfish or other whitefish
1 beaten egg
/14 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 slices bacon
2 medium onions, thinly sliced and separated into rings
Shortening or cooking oil for frying

Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse; pat dry with paper towels. In a shallow dish combine egg and buttermilk. In another shallow dish combine cornmeal, flour, salt, and pepper. Dip fish into egg mixture. Then roll fish in cornmeal mixture.

2. In a 12-inch skillet cook bacon over medium-low heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp, turning often. Drain on paper towels; crumble into large pieces. Set aside.

3. Using the same skillet, remove all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings; reserve remaining drippings. Heat over medium heat. Add onions. Fry for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender but not brown, stirring often. Transfer to a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan; keep warm in a 300 degree F oven.

4. In the same skillet heat 3 tablespoons of the reserved drippings over medium heat, adding shortening or oil, if needed. Add 2 of the fish. Fry for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden. Turn carefully. Fry for 5 to 7 minutes more or until golden and crisp and fish flakes easily with a fork.

5. Drain on paper towels. Place in the same pan with onions; return to the oven. Repeat frying remaining fish, addition additional shortening or oil as needed. To serve, arrange fish on a platter; spoon onions over fish. Sprinkle with bacon. Serve with Tartar Sauce recipe or purchased tartar sauce, if desired

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