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Fried Catfish/Soul Food Sides

ajb05854 May 1, 2012 12:04 PM

I'm making a celebration meal for a friend who grew up eating soul food. What would be some other good side dishes to make with it? My parent's caught the catfish, I've got home butchered/smoked hocks in the freezer, ect, so I can make this pretty legit. I thought about making some poke salat, but I think it's getting a little late to pick some. I need to go check if they have any purple yet.

So far, the menu is fried catfish, hushpuppies, home frozen corn, coleslaw, fried okra, mac and chesse, and bread pudding. Tarter sauce and hot sauce too.


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    darrentran87 RE: ajb05854 May 1, 2012 12:08 PM

    No suggestions here, but just wanted to comment and say that menu looks great so far!

    Only thing that I see that may be missing is the corn bread to go with everything! (But you have hush puppies already so I guess no need for double the carbs)

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      libstewart RE: ajb05854 May 1, 2012 12:15 PM

      White beans w/sweet red pepper relish.

      1. shanagain RE: ajb05854 May 1, 2012 05:23 PM

        Goodness... yum. I'd probably consider greens of some sort - I like a mix of collard & mustard, but sometimes it comes down to what looks best. (Of course, I've been known to eat cold greens out of the can, so...)

        Fwiw, my favorite "tartar" sauce isn't - it's a mix of mayo, Zatarain's creole mustard,whole grain mustard (I think mine is a store brand), vinegar (I like pickle juice here too) and a teensy bit of sriracha.

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          ajb05854 RE: shanagain May 2, 2012 10:04 AM

          That's kind of what mine is. I use pickles, mayo, purple onions, capers, lots of fresh dill, garlic, powdered mustard, whole grain mustard, fennel, cayenne pepper, and thyme. I just kind of toss it together.

        2. chefj RE: ajb05854 May 1, 2012 05:32 PM

          Black eyed peas, Greens but you have a large menu already. Soul food small bites party ( - ;

          1. porker RE: ajb05854 May 1, 2012 05:37 PM

            Breaded fried pickle slices (discs).
            Breaded fried chicken livers.
            Hoppin John.
            I like shanagain's suggestion of collards - cooked down in pigs foot broth - even shred some of the pigs foot into the greens. Yum.

            1. jmcarthur8 RE: ajb05854 May 2, 2012 02:45 AM

              Here in West Georgia, your sides would be pintos, greens, raw sweet onion wedges and thick slabs of good tomatoes.
              A bean pie for dessert could be a nice twist.

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                ajb05854 RE: jmcarthur8 May 2, 2012 10:05 AM

                Ohhh, I didn't even think of sweet onions and tomatoes!

              2. jmcarthur8 RE: ajb05854 May 2, 2012 02:47 AM

                Poke salat would be such a treat! If you know how to do it, your guests would be thrilled. It's a lost art.

                1. Davwud RE: ajb05854 May 2, 2012 10:24 AM

                  I think pinto beans or BEP are a must. Especially if you have a ham hock with which to season said beans. Or greens or both.


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                    Bliss149 RE: ajb05854 May 19, 2012 05:16 AM

                    Late reply but have to share with you that here in Memphis a true soul food meal of fried catfish would not be complete without SPAGHETTI.

                    Yep. Spaghetti with a meat sauce. Usually it's kinda like kid spaghetti made with maybe Campbells tomato soup ie not real tomato-y and ground beef.

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