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Mississippi Hush Puppies

Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill
Yield 1 1/2 dozen
This hush puppy recipe is a favorite of the Catfish Institute in Belzoni, Mississippi. Substituting beer for milk makes these lighter and tangier.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal mix
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk or beer
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • Vegetable oil

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, and make a well in center of mixture.

  2. Combine egg and next 4 ingredients, stirring well; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

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

  4. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry in batches 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels; serve immediately.