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Hush Puppies

(22 Votes)
Hush Puppies
MAKES
2 1/2 dozen
COOK TIME
15 Min

In the Old South, they used to make these yummy cornmeal balls so they'd have something to throw to the hounds to keep them from howling when Yankee soldiers approached. So if you've always wondered how Hush Puppies got their name, now you know!

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups self-rising cornmeal
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • Peanut oil for frying

What to Do

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except oil; mix well. 
     
  2. In a large pot over high heat, heat one inch of oil until hot but not smoking. Drop cornmeal mixture by rounded teaspoonfuls into oil to form hush puppies, being careful not to overcrowd them. Cook in batches 2 to 3 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.
     
  3. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined platter. Serve immediately.

Notes

If you want more classic Southern recipes, be sure to check out our free eCookbook, Down-Home Cookin': 24 Easy Southern Favorites.

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I've always wanted to know how to make Hush Puppies--can't wait to try these out!

Answering Ships question You can make them like the recipe call for and instead of frying them, you can back them in the oven in a muffin pan at 350%.

I love hush puppies....but the secret ingredient is a little Thyme--must be added...I am sure people even in the Civil War days grew some herbs.

Does anyone have a recipe for baked hush puppies? I cannot have fried foods, much less deep fried foods. HELP!!!

The Best Southern Hush Puppies you have it right all but one thing they should be maid with Beer just leave out the milk and add the Beer !!!!

Wonder if I could use the corn muffin mix and add other ingredients to it.

Us kids used to make these for the Friday night movie at 10pm back in the 50's. Never could get enough onion flavor until years later I found the secret Onion Powder. No Hush Puppy recipe is complete without it. I tried boiling and even frying more onions, but nothing worked until the magic powder. Add 1/2 to 1 ts to this recipe for rave reviews. I would have given 5 stars if the recipe called for buttermilk not that wimpy, watery 2% Hippie buttermilk, but that good, thick clabber of Whole (staple of the deep South) Buttermilk. Enjoy!

LOVE HUSHPUPPIES. WILL TRY THESE TODAY. I LIKE ONION & GREEN CHILIES IN MINE. SO GOOD.

I love Hush Puppies but I like to try diff. things. Sometime its onions, Chives. Scallions, even Jalapenos.

Some people are just so rude, some people don't know how to cook, in the beginning I use to call my Mom a lot about recipes, grew up with them and loved them. She was always very helpful, with cooking, making jam, and tomato sauce that had everything in it, and then I added to it! Depends on your tastes if you like it hot or not so hot, like they say try and make it your own, these are basic formulas add to your tastes. Just experiment, you will be happy that you did. I love this site for recipes, try it first and then add to it to make it our own!!! Enjoy!!

When I make hush puppies I add bell pepper along with onion, and use buttermilk instead of regular milk. This is a must make side at my house when I fry fish for dinner.

A li'l grated garlic in the batter is good too - and with the onion and jalapeno -is pro'ly to much for a Northerner to handle anyway!

Adding hot peppers , hot sauce or cayenne does NOT make food taste better it just makes it hot AND EVEN AT TIMES STINGING .. Northern people have been eating garlic way before southern folks ever heard of it Garlic fresh garlic is Not a staple in a southern home I should know I lived in the deep south for many years my hubby is from the south and I am from the north and half Italian we now live back where we can breath and the dew points are normal with drier cooler air I use all kinds of herbs and spices and a little red pepper flakes(not cayenne) every now and then I grow many of my own herbs and veggies also grow my own garlic My Dad who is from Bario Italy ,his family used a bit in a few sauces but always with a very light hand it If it was used at all so the true taste of good food comes thru no need to cover up with hot peppers if the food is good

sounds great.. i will probably drop these little jewels into ny bean soup

Would love a great old fashioned bean soup receipt.

Instead of milk and egg, try adding beer for the liquid. Oh, it's so good!

I love Hush Puppies! I was born in California and was raised in Arizona. Moved to the south in my earliy married life of 21 yrs old and I was introduced to these hush puppies. I loved these at first bite. Now for the tex mex in me, I add Jalapeos to mine along with all these other ingrediets you have put in this recipes. Thanks for a memory down my lane. Also I was taught never to say anything if it is not good. Just don't eat it or buy it. This is s Southern rule of thumb as well as Western. don't know much about the north or eastern sayings though I have lived in the north for about 8 years. Thanks for this recipe I lost mine a few years ago and and as I usually just cook by adding a pinch of this and that here & there, lol Written recipes are great with the right amount of the ingredients and this is. It is as you say OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!. Thanks again

I read sometime ago the history of the "hush puppy". Back in the day when the women folk would prepare the midday meal for the men working in the field, the yard dogs would bark and pester the women as the tried to make their way to the wagon to take the meal out to the men. They got tired of fighting off the dogs so they would put together scraps of dough and cornmeal and what all and fry it and when they went out the door they would toss these deep fried morsels to the pesky dogs to calm and quiet them down, hence the name "hush puppies". Then they tried them just to see what they tasted like and probably added some onion and other seasonings and it caught on and spread to restaurants and cafes soon offered them on their menus. I believe this started in the south as they deep fry everything, just go to a county or state fair. I hope you are entertained by this little food trivia. L.D.

The origin sounds accurate but I beg to disagree with the "deep fry everything" remark,lol I'm born & bred southern and still live here in the south(NC) and don't know many that deep fry much of anything really. Just my 2 cents worth,lol have a great day<3

What is Self rising Cornmeal? Never heard of it. Where do you buy it?

Look right next to plain cornmeal and you will find it!

Can you improvise if unable to find self rising cornmeal? Maybe add baking powder and how much?

If you do not have self rising cornmeal on hand or are unable to find it, you can always add 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, which will activate the baking powder in plain cornmeal.

Not sure where the Kitchen is, but self rising cornmeal is meal that has flour, meal, baking powder and salt in it. Aunt Jemima, Quaker, and others are some of the brands.

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