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Hush Puppies

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Annette Joseph
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings (about 2 dozen hush puppies)
No Southern fish fry is complete without deep-fried Hush Puppies. Simple ingredients make these puppies a favorite side. 

Ingredients

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

How to Make It

  1. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Combine cornmeal and next 3 ingredients. Add egg and buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.

  2. 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.

  3. TRY THESE TWISTS Bacon-and-Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies: Increase onion to 1 1/2 cups. 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. Proceed with recipe as directed, stirring in onion and bacon with cornmeal mix in Step Jalapeño-Pineapple Hush Puppies: Prepare recipe as directed, stirring in 1/2 cup canned pineapple tidbits and 2 to 3 Tbsp. seeded and diced jalapeño pepper with cornmeal mix in Step Shrimp-and-Corn Hush Puppies: Prepare recipe as directed, reducing buttermilk to 3/4 cup and stirring 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked shrimp (about 3/4 lb. peeled) and 1 (8 1/4-oz.) can cream-style corn into batter in Step