Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hush Puppies

Is there anything better to accompany fried food than hush puppies? I think not. The origin of the hush puppy is debatable. Stories range from fisherman throwing balls of corn meal to their dogs during fish fries, to southern civil war soldiers tossing the balls of fried corn meal to quiet their dogs upon the approach of union soldiers with the command "hush puppy".
Although I do not know the true origin or the hush puppy, I do have a pretty good recipe.

  • 1- 16oz can cream style corn
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 3/4 cup corn meal
  • 1-1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 white onion -finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder

Combine all the ingredients well in a bowl and let set for 5 minutes. Drop by the rounded tablespoon into preheated 350 degree vegetable oil. A good batch will consist of 8-10 hush puppies. After about 4 minutes you can flip them similar to frying donuts. This will encourage even browning. They should be done after about 8-10 minutes. You may want to take out a "tester" to see that they have cooked through. Place the cooked hush puppies on paper towel to drain and lightly salt to taste. Please be careful, as I know these have been known to overshadow the main dish on several occasions.