Hush Puppies Recipe

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Hush Puppies

From Dorothy McNett's recipes at Legend has it that these were made with the leftover batter from the fried fish, and then thrown to the howling dogs with the command, "hush, puppy!" (See Civil War stories, plantation stories, hunting stories, etc.)

1 1/2 cups corn meal, white or yellow
1/2 cup all purpose unbleached flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 egg, well beaten
3/4 cup milk
1 small onion, finely grated (don't use if you are truly trying to hush the puppy)
lard or peanut oil for frying

Heat enough oil in a deep heavy bottomed pan or skillet to at least 1 inch depth to about 360 degrees. (Use the same oil and pan that you used to fry the fish.)

Combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, combine egg, milk and onion. Add to flour mixture. Mixture should be stiff but able to be scooped out with a spoon. Drop gently from the spoon into hot oil. Cook only a few at a time until golden brown, which takes about 1 minute. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain. Serve hot with the fried fish.

Recipe created 2007-08-06.

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