I made a batch of hushpuppies for our Oscar Party. The food had to be inspired by one of the Best Picture nominees. This was in honor of Hushpuppy, the little girl from "Beasts of a Southern Wild."
So many versions of how hushpuppies got their name! Was it hunters, fishermen, cooks, or Civil War soldiers frying fish over a fire & tossing some fried batter to their dogs to "hush the puppies?"
Actually Native Americans were making a version long before Europeans landed. In fact, Southern Native American culture (Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek) form the cornerstone of Southern cooking.
So let us begin and "hush that puppy" that is growling in my stomach!
Measure the cornmeal and flour into a large bowl.
Add the sugar. . .
...the baking power, baking soda and salt.
Whisk the mixture together.
In another bowl, take one egg and . . .
. . .mix in the buttermilk.
Whisk that together and then. . .
. . .slowly pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring until just incorporated. Too much stirring will toughen the dough!
So just stir it enough to mix it all together. I also added finely minced green onions to half of the batter. Sorry, no photo of that. They added some great flavor but it is optional.
Heat 2-3 inches oil in a heavy pot. Best to use a thermometer & bring the temperature of the oil to 375°F. Drop the batter by the tablespoon into oil. When golden, flip & cook until golden all over.
Remove each batch from the oil when golden on both sides (about 2-3 minutes). Drain on a paper towel. Bring the temperature of the oil back up to 375° before you add the next batch of hushpuppies.
You can keep the hushpuppies warm in a low oven until ready to serve. But if there are people around, you may skip this step because folks LOVE these and will eat them as fast as you can make them!
Here they are! So delicious - crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside.
I took a bite so you can see what the inside looks like. You're welcome! These are so yummy! We had them as an appetizer at our party. They're also a good side for fried fish or fried chicken. Enjoy!