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50 States 50 Recipes Alabama

Our next stop on the 50 states, 50 recipes tour is;


State capital: Montgomery

Largest City: Birmingham

Admission to the Union: December 14th, 1819, 22nd state to join the union


Alabama’s agricultural outputs include poultry and eggs, cattle, plant nursery items, peanuts, cotton, grains such as corn and sorghum, vegetables, milk,  soybeans, and peaches. Although known as “The Cotton State”, Alabama ranks between eight and ten in national cotton production, according to various reports, with Texas, Georgia and Mississippi comprising the top three.(

Normally I would give you websites to visit for tourism, but due to the recent tragedies in Alabama ya’ll I thought it was more important to share ways to help-, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY


My heart, my prayers and my resources go forward ya’ll to those affected by one of the worst storms the South has seen since Katrina!  Over 340 people were killed in this disaster, and there are more being counted daily.  The one thing that strikes me every time something like this happens is the indomitable spirit of the American people.  We’re workin’ hard ya’ll to take care of those affected.  We will see the South-especially Alabama rise again, stronger and wiser for the experience they’ve endured.  Even if you can’t give a dime, can’t spend a week helpin’ them rebuild, or volunteer with an organization that does help, the power of prayer will always be appreciated.  It may not seem like enough, but trust me ya’ll… prayer heals!  So before ya’ll make this catfish dish… say a prayer rememberin’ those who’ve lost their lives and those who are still suffering- be grateful for what ya have!

Ingredients for Granny Madison's fried Catfish
mix dry ingredients with onion and garlic
mix wet ingredients
dredge filets through wet ingredients, best if soaked for 2 hours
coat filets with dry ingredients
fry in hot oil
turn filets to cook, should be golden brown after 3-4 minutes
drain on paper towel and serve warm with Hushpuppies

Granny Madison’s Hushpuppies/Catfish batter

catfish filets- about 4-6 medium size

3/4 cup fine cornmeal

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon onion salt

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon Cajun spices (make your own or use store bought)

1 clove garlic finely chopped

2 Tablespoons grated onion

1 egg lightly beaten

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 Tablespoon water

Oil for deep frying


Wash and pat dry catfish filets.

In mixing bowl combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, onion salt, chili powder, and Cajun spices.  Add garlic and grated onion.  Mix together.

In separate bowl combine egg, buttermilk, and water- (this is optional, but you can soak catfish filets in wet ingredients for at least 2 hours.  This helps to keep the batter on the fish a little more it seems.) Dredge catfish filets through egg mixture, then coat with dry ingredients.

Immediately add catfish filets to hot oil about 375 degrees- in frying pan let fry for at least 2-3 minutes, turn and let fry on second side for another 2-3 minutes. Filets should be golden brown on both sides.  Drain on paper towels then serve warm.

To make hushpuppies combine excess egg mixture to corn meal mixture, then carefully spoon tablespoonfuls of batter into hot oil. Cook until puffy and lightly golden turning each once or twice to cook evenly.  Drain on paper towels then serve warm.


I was worried ya’ll about finding catfish this far north… but my local grocery store carried it.  It was nearly $6.50 a pound for frozen, farm raised catfish- which went against my Southern principles.  I remember being a young girl and fishin’ with Pappy Madison in the Ozarks catchin’ catfish dinner for the whole family and it didn’t cost us a dime.  I had a hard time stomachin’ the cost of the store bought.  But the store bought was just fine and kept me from havin‘ to gut, clean and scale the fish myself, however the fresh catfish has a richer taste that can’t be duplicated.  Granny Madison’s batter helped, but it wasn’t as good as I remember it and I have to say I miss Granny Madison’s!


I had everything on hand except for the catfish.  As I said- it’s expensive this far north and not sure it was worth the price.  I don’t imagine free tastes any better for most things- but in this case, free tastes better by far!


Be careful with the hot oil!  Cooking and preparation time is less than 10 minutes, so it’s quick and easy.  But keep small children out of the kitchen ya’ll when you’re cookin’ with hot oil.  And if ya aren’t  used to cookin’ with hot oil, keep a box of baking soda nearby for puttin’ out any grease fires.  Wear an apron if ya don’t want your clothes ruined by grease that pops up at ya! And above all don’t walk away from it- keep yer eyes on the prize!


Review: scale of 1-5 stars; the more stars the better

Ease of preparation: ***** nothing to it at all!

Cost of ingredients: * it was very expensive for something I don’t believe was as good as the fresh, but it’ll do in a pinch

Taste: **** not as good as Granny Madison’s… but tasty near the same!

Nutrition: ***** low in sodium, sugar and other harmful ingredients and Fish is rich in Omega 3’s, the deep fryin’ does add calories but ya’ll can use a Canola oil to cut back on the fats!


As I said earlier ya’ll… my heart goes out to those struck by tragedy in Alabama. We do what we can, and to honor those affected I hope this recipe will bring them comfort as it does me.  Since this recipe brings back so many memories from my misspent youth, it’s hard to shed a tear.  I love fishin‘ for catfish, and had I gotten fresh catfish I’m sure it would have tasted as good as Granny Madison’s… but if you’ve never had Granny Madison’s you won’t notice it from a gallopin‘ horse!   So until next week when we head to Tennessee, keep those in Alabama and all over the South in your prayers- May all your journeys be safe and your eats be good!



3 thoughts on “50 States 50 Recipes Alabama”

  1. Thank you for the kind words. I live in Huntsville, Alabama and those storms hit the county I live in. It has been a sad week here in Alabama. We went 5 days without power, but there are many people who are without there homes or loved ones. We made it just fine without the power (thanks to the Army since the hubby and I were both in at one time). We ended up throwing out all the food in the freezer. As I read your article I teared up knowing that there are people who are thinking about our state and praying for us.

    If people can donate that’s great even if it is a $1 that will help a family. If you can’t that is okay, you can pray for all of us here in Alabama. To find out more ways to help you can look at our local news sites which are below. People are in need of lots of things. Pets are too. Instead of throwing out that old blanket or towel you can send it to the animal shelter here and they will use them.

    1. Bless your heart Jennifer-
      thank you for sharing these sites for us to offer help! With your permission darlin’ I’d like to share your comment on the Facebook page… and when (not if) we ever make these recipes into a cookbook I’d love to include this comment.
      I’m keepin’ ya’ll in my prayers- God bless your family and all those affected! You’re in our hearts darlin!

  2. Could you please come over and make these for me today? Oh wow, my Celiac would not like it but my heart does!

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