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Prep Time: 1½ Hours
Yields: 6-8 Servings

The tribal symbol of the Coushatta Indians is the garfish. This fish not only symbolizes sustenance and nourishment, but it also plays an important part in tribal customs. The bones are used for jewelry and costuming, while the hide is used for shoes and clothing. This prehistoric fish also symbolizes strength and survival.

4 cups poached garfish meat
½ cup diced onions
½ cup diced celery
¼ cup diced red bell peppers
¼ cup diced yellow bell peppers
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 eggs
¼ cup sliced green onions
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
½ cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except bread crumbs and butter. Using your hands, mix until well blended. Remove ½ cup mixture for use in stew. Slowly add bread crumbs. Form mixture into 12 (2½-inch) patties. Place on a cookie sheet, drizzle with butter and bake 15-20 minutes. Remove and set aside.























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