Fried Catfish Sandwiches with Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato

3/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 1/2 tablespoons drained bottled capers, chopped fine
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste
A pinch of cayenne
1 tablespoon bottled cocktail sauce, or to taste
All-purpose flour seasoned with salt and
pepper for dredging the fish
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Cornmeal for dredging the fish
4 (1/2 pound) catfish fillets, halved crosswise
Vegetable oil for deep-frying the fish
8 soft sandwich rolls, split
Soft-leafed lettuce for the sandwiches
2 tomatoes, sliced thin
16 slices lean bacon, cooked
Make the sauce: In a bowl stir together the mayonnaise, the relish, the capers, the mustard, the
lemon juice, the cayenne, the cocktail sauce, and salt and pepper to taste and chill the sauce,
Have ready in separate shallow dishes the flour, the eggs beaten with the salt and the cayenne,
and the cornmeal. Dredge each catfish fillet half in the flour, shaking off the excess, dip it in the
egg mixture, letting the excess drip off, and dredge it in the cornmeal. Transfer the fish as it is
coated to a wax paper-lined baking sheet.
In a kettle heat 1 inch of the oil to 375 degrees F on a deep-fat thermometer. In it fry the fish in
batches for 2 to 4 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked through and the coating is crisp, and
transfer it with a slotted spatula to paper towels to drain.
On the bottom halves of the rolls layer the lettuce, the tomatoes, the bacon, the fish, the sauce,
and the top halves of the rolls.
Serves 8.

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