Sweetie Pie's Fried Chicken and Catfish

Miss Robbie Montgomery, founder of Sweetie Pie's soul food chain, shares some of her most delectable dishes! This catfish recipe is a tasty way to boost your body's intake of omega-3. Substitute boneless chicken for the catfish fillets if you prefer a meatier taste and texture.

1 Chicken (cut into 8 pieces, or 8 (7-9 oz pieces) of boneless catfish fillet)
1 quart Buttermilk
2 Eggs
1 tbsp Ground red pepper
3 cups Flour (for chicken, or yellow cornmeal for fish)
Ola oil
Ranch dressing (to use as dipping sauce for the chicken)
1/4 cup Ground black pepper
1/3 cup Granulated garlic
1/5 cup Paprika
1 cup Salt

Season the chicken or fish pieces generously using the base seasoning mix.

In a large bowl, whip together the buttermilk and eggs, then soak the chicken or fish in the mixture for at least 15 minutes.

Mix together the flour or cornmeal, base seasoning and red pepper in a plastic bag. Shake each chicken or fish piece in the seasoned flour until they are fully coated.

Heat about 2 inches of canola oil in a cast iron pan until it reads 350˚F on a candy thermometer. In small batches, place a few pieces of the chicken or fish in the oil and fry for 6 to 8 minutes. Using tongs, turn each piece over, then cover the pan to allow them to cook for an additional 6 minutes. Remove the smaller pieces first and drain the excess oil on paper towels. Sprinkle more base seasoning over the cooked chicken or fish to taste.