Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Hush Puppies

Hush puppies are "hillbilly beignets".   How can you not love their deep fried crispy shell and the savory moist corn cake inside?  Heck, they are basically corn dogs without the stick or hot dog!    (Well shucks, I said "heck".)


So here's how I made our hush puppies for the BBQ chicken dinner the other night.

 
Hush Puppies

1 3/4 cup white corn meal
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup yellow corn meal
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups Cruze Dairy Farms Buttermilk
2 eggs

Mix dry ingredients together. 

Whisk milk and eggs together.   Whisk the milk mixture into the dry ingredients.

Preheat a deep fryer or a pan filled with 2-3 inches of oil to 350f.   Working in small batches (so you don't cool the oil down too much), carefully drop the batter into the oil in teaspoon sized portions. 

Cook until golden, about 3-4 minutes, flipping them to get all sides evenly cooked.  

Place on a rack over paper towels to drain.

Quicky Idea
Tonight was busy and chaotic, so we just grilled burgers.  I sliced 8 ounces of mushrooms and sauteed them 1 Tbsp of butter and 1 Tbsp of oil over medium heat for 5 minutes.  I added 3 cloves of chopped garlic, seasoned with some salt and sauteed another minute.  I divided that mixture, slices of swiss cheese, and stuffed it into four 6 ounce burgers.  Grilled at 400f for 5 minutes per side. 


Frigginawesome. 

22 comments:

  1. Do you know the only time I've had hush puppies was in Florida? LOVED them! It's just not something we eat in Toronto. You need to move a little closer to the Great White North....

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  2. A good hush puppy is like a morsel from the gods. Looks like a great recipe! The sweet onion is a must as is the buttermilk!

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  3. Looks delicious. Brings me back to family dinners with fish, grits, and hushpuppies....yummy!

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  4. Oh yeah! Toss me some of those hillbilly beignets. Heck, I'm pretty sure I could eat my weight in them.

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  5. The burgers look perfect and I can imagine how good the stuffing was.

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  6. There's a great cajun restaurant here in KC that makes the worst hushpuppies you can imagine. I ate one once and it ruined my week.

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  7. The hushpuppies and the burgers look and sound delicious!

    I am amazed that you cook on your BGE almost every night, Chris! How do you do that on a work night?


    Kim in MD

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  8. I was salivating at the hush puppies...then you talked about the burgers..... OH YUM!!
    When I was in college I liked about a block away from a Long John Silver's. I would walk over there at least three times a week just for the hush puppies. Hhhhmmmmmm...and I wonder why I gained so much weight that first year of college! lol

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  9. The worst thing about a batch of Hush Puppies is I always have to make a double batch, pop too many in while frying (in my mouth). Your recipe is a bit different than mine, can't wait to try, thanks so much for sharing.

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  10. I can't remember the last time I had a hush puppy Chris. I bet they were great with your local buttermilk in the batter.
    Sam

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  11. frigginawesome is right, all of it!

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  12. My love for hush puppies knows no bounds. Although I've only had northeast hush puppies and I suspect they can't even begin to compare to real authentic ones. I think i need to head down south for a serious hush puppy experience.

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  13. Yum! Who doesn't love hush puppies! I have one issue - I love using corn kernels in mine but it never fails that I get burnt when one of the kernels explode. It happens every single time!

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter weekend :-)

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  14. Man I'd love a good hushpuppy right now...with a side of catfish! Your recipe looks easy and delicious.

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  15. Can you believe the only hush puppies I've ever had were from Long John Silver's?

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  16. Hushpuppies...oh hushpuppies! I love hushpuppies..but my ass does not!

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  17. I've never had hushpuppies... can you believe it? The stuffed burgers sound AMAZING!

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  18. I got all teary when that last post didn't include a recipe for those hush puppies. You can't buy them up here and my husband (gasp) has never tried one. I will be treating him to these very soon. :) Thanks for posting this!

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  19. OMG - I love hush puppies! Never heard them called that before! Too funny. Thanks for making my soup! I like your additions.

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  20. I LOVE hush puppies! I can't wait to make my own homemade version using this recipe :)

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