Dolly Parton Loves Singing, Acting, Composing, Her Theme Park...and Catfish!
Legendary Entertainer Named 1999 Celebrity Catfish Lover
(Aug. 19, 1999)
BELZONI, MS (BUSINESS WIRE) - Throughout a
remarkable career that began when she was 10 years old,
entertainer Dolly Parton has won scores of awards. This
month she is being honored again, but not for her music
or acting achievements.
singer/actress/composer/author has been named by The
Catfish Institute (TCI) as this year's Celebrity Catfish
Lover. The award is presented as part of National Catfish
"Growing up in Tennessee, I was introduced to
catfish at an early age and have adored it ever since," said
Ms. Parton. "It's just delicious and you can prepare it
quickly and in so many ways. It's my favorite dish."
Parton calls her favorite catfish recipe "Catfish & Fixin's,"
which is prepared fried and includes among its ingredients
vegetable oil, buttermilk, cornbread mix, onion, eggs and
One of 12 brothers and sisters, Ms. Parton has won seven
Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of
Country Music Awards and four Grammys. In an age
when the country music scene and its administration was
dominated by men, Ms. Parton helped open the doors to
female singers and helped them be taken seriously. She
has over 3,000 songs to her writing credits, and has also
starred in a string of movies including 9 to 5, The Best
Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, Steel
Magnolias and Straight Talk. From 1987 to 1988, she
had her own television show, "Dolly!" Ms. Parton
oversees the successful "Dollywood" theme park in
Pigeon Forge, Tenn., and is the author of "Dolly Parton:
My Life and Other Unfinished Business" and a children's
book, "Coat of Many Colors."
TCI has been recognizing Celebrity Catfish lovers during
National Catfish Month since 1988. Ms. Parton joins a
distinguished list of honorees that includes Burt Reynolds,
Harry Connick Jr., John Grisham, Barbara Mandrell,
Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Bo Jackson, Randy Travis and
Based in Belzoni, Miss., TCI is an association of catfish
farmers, processors and feed manufacturers founded in
1986 to raise consumer awareness of the positive qualities
of genuine U.S. farm-raised catfish. Since TCI began
promoting catfish, U.S. consumption has more than
doubled, making catfish the fifth most popular fish in
Dolly Parton's CATFISH & FIXIN'S
Ingredients: Vegetable oil 4 U.S. farm-raised catfish fillets
1 pint buttermilk 1/2 large box cornbread mix 1/2 medium
onion, chopped 1-2 eggs Potatoes
1. Heat vegetable oil in skillet. Season the fish to taste.
Dredge the fish pieces in buttermilk, then cornbread mix.
Deep fry fish in vegetable oil until golden brown on the
bottom, turn and continue frying until the other side is
golden brown. Remove from the skillet and place in warm
Make a batter out of the remaining buttermilk and
cornbread mix. Add onion and eggs. Mold the hush
puppies and deep fry in vegetable oil. Then put them in the
warm oven with fish.
Peel and cut potatoes into french fries. Deep fry in
vegetable oil. Remove and salt & pepper to taste.
Serve all of the above with cole slaw. Mix together one
head of cabbage, 1 grated carrot, 2 tsp. sugar, 1/4
teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 cup sweet pickle juice, 1
chopped dill pickle or 1 tablespoon pickle relish, 1 finely
chopped medium onion, 1/2 finely chopped bell pepper, 1
tablespoon salt, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1 cup