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Let’s chat about hush puppies…

hush puppiesI promised hush puppies and today I will deliver. Well, I’ll deliver on my promise. I’m not going to be making house calls with a basket of hush puppies…sorry. As I mentioned earlier this week, we just returned from a vacation with my family to Lake Lanier in Georgia. I was born to a family of foodies so it was a week of steak, tenderloin, pasta, delicious hamburgers and some fried catfish. At one time during the week, my brother-in-law even made himself an ice cream sandwich using waffles. As a snack. So, that happened too. Unfortunately, I took zero pictures of food the entire week. So you’ll have to use your imagination (which is probably better than my photography skills anyway).

Ty made hush puppies to go along with the fried catfish we made for one of our nights of cooking. I don’t really like hush puppies. But I want to like hush puppies. I keep trying them nearly every time they’re served. What’s not to like about fried cornmeal? It’s basically a pancake in a ball. Except…it’s not.

I did have one (or four) hush puppies I liked on a trip with my mom and sister when I was still in high school. I think we were in Cocoa Beach at a restaurant that none of us can remember the name of. They served blueberry hush puppies instead of bread at the table. Yum, YUM!

But since then, each time I try one, I am left disappointed and I’m not really sure what to do with the rest of it. Regardless, I know I’m weird and everyone else likes them, so I thought it was a great idea when Ty suggested he make them.

He used Jiffy’s recipe that goes with their mix and um, wow. Soooo tasty! They were sweeter than the average hushpuppy which is why I liked them. I think I had three.

The full recipe is at the bottom. Ty sauteed the onions before mixing it together because I don’t like onions either and it softens their flavor a little. I know, how could someone who doesn’t like onions end up in a family of foodies? That’s what you’re thinking, right? It’s ok, I’m pretty sure I’m adopted. At least that’s what my sister told me growing up.

IMG_2653And another thing…I have to tell y’all about the cereal situation. Because it was a situation. I think this is what it looks like when adults vacation. That and the beverages. I’m certain the cereal was multiplying during the week.

And another other thing…Ty made a joke this week about the origin of the hushpuppy…and he was right! I checked it out on the most reliable source (Wikipedia) and it was when cooks would make catfish or some other fried meal and they would fry up some extra cornmeal to toss to their dogs to get them to hush…hushpuppy…get it?!?

Ok, that’s all for my corny jokes. Ha! I did it again! Corny jokes! I know, who can handle me? This guy!!

Who can handle me??
Who can handle me??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hush Puppies

(24 – 28 Small Hush Puppies)

  • 1 package of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

Preheat oil in deep fryer to 375°F.

Combine muffin mix, egg, milk, flour and onion.  Mix well.  Drop by teaspoon into oil.  Fry 4 minutes (2 minutes on each side) or until golden brown.  Drain and serve.

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