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Bacon-and-Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies

Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings (about 2 dozen hush puppies)
Fry up batches of Bacon-and-Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies at your next fish fry. With bits of bacon and onion, these savory bites are taken to the next level.

Ingredients

  • 5 bacon slices
  • 1 1/2 cups diced sweet onion (about 1 medium onion)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 3/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk

How to Make It

  1. Cook 5 bacon slices in a medium skillet over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp; drain bacon on paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon. Sauté onion in hot drippings over medium-low heat 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  2. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, onion, and bacon. Add egg and buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.

  3. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry, in 3 batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Keep warm in a 200° oven.