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How To Make Hush Puppies, The Greatest Fried Food Of All Time

Just some cornbread that fried and went to heaven.

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The cornmeal croquettes quickly became a staple in the south. The name is credited to hunters and fisherman who would fry off cornmeal mixture leftover from their own cooking and feed it to their dogs to quiet them around the campfire. "Hush, puppies!"


How To Make Hush Puppies:

Adapted from Southern Living.

Makes 4 servings (12-16 hush puppies)


1/2 cup all-purpose Flour

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 large egg

1/2 cup buttermilk

2 cups vegetable oil, for frying


Combine flour, cornmeal, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the mixture.

Whisk together egg and buttermilk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

Pour oil into a 10-inch cast iron skillet (or use a deep-fryer), and heat to 375°. Drop batter by heaping tablespoonfuls into oil. Fry in batches 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately.