Southern Hush Puppies

The origin of hush puppies sounds like an urban legend, but the same explanation pops up again and again in cookbooks, as well as in the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Back in the day, the dudes who were gathered around the campfire for a fish fry would take the cornmeal leftover from preparing catfish, fry it up in little balls and toss 'em to the dogs to silence their whining. Get it? Hush, puppies."

vegetable oil 1 1/2 cups white cornmeal
1/3 cup flour
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1 egg
Heat oil in a heavy skillet (about 2- 2 1/2 inches of oil) until hot.
Beat the egg and then mix in the remaining ingredients.
Make sure that your dry ingredients are all moist.
Using a tablespoon, drop balls of batter into the hot oil, about 2 inches long by 1 inch thick.
NOTE: I usually only cook about 4 or 5 at a time.
These should float in the hot oil, but not be covered by it.
You will need to turn these as they cook.
Fry until they are a golden brown and then drain them on paper towels.
Serve with fish- of course!
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Sep 9, 2012