Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs 30 mins
This stew is so named because it was prepared on the bank of the river where the fish were caught and pine bark is used to build a quick fire. The stew is also sometimes served on large smooth pieces of pine bark. A food processor makes quick work of the mincing (the original recipe calls for forcing the vegetables through a food mill or grinder). From the Southern chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947
- Fry bacon until crisp in a large kettle.
- Add vegetables and water to bacon; simmer for 3 hours, stirring frequently.
- Add catfish and continue simmering for an additional 30 minutes.
- Just before serving, stir in ketchup and adjust seasonings.