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Lela's Hush Puppies

Yield Makes 6 to 8 servings
If you were raised on fried hush puppies made with a mix of all-purpose flour and cornmeal, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the light texture and bold flavors of this all-cornmeal version.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl; make a well in center of mixture.

  2. Whisk together buttermilk and eggs; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Let mixture stand 30 minutes.

  3. Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°.

  4. Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls into hot oil. Fry, in batches, 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on wire racks over paper towels; serve hot.