Prep / Total : 40 minutes Makes 8 to 10 servings (about 2 dozen hushpuppies)
No Southern fish fry is complete without deep-fried Hush Puppies. Simple ingredients make these puppies a favorite side.
1-1/2 cups self-rising white cornmeal mix
3/4 cup self-rising flour
3/4 cup diced sweet onion (about 1/2 medium onion) 1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1-1/4 cups buttermilk
1. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Combine cornmeal and next 3 ingredients. Add egg and buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.
2. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry, in 3 batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Keep warm in a 200° oven.
TRY THESE TWISTS:
Bacon-and-Caramelized Onion Hush Puppies:
Increase onion to 1 1/2 cups.
Cook 5 bacon slices in a medium skillet over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes or until crisp; drain bacon on paper towels, reserving 2 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon.
Sauté onion in hot drippings over medium-low heat 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Proceed with recipe as directed, stirring in onion and bacon with cornmeal mix in Step 1.
Jalapeño-Pineapple Hush Puppies:
Prepare recipe as directed, stirring in 1/2 cup canned pineapple tidbits and 2 to 3 Tbsp. seeded and diced jalapeño pepper with cornmeal mix in Step 1.
Shrimp-and-Corn Hush Puppies:
Prepare recipe as directed, reducing buttermilk to 3/4 cup and stirring 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked shrimp (about 3/4 lb. peeled) and 1 (8 1/4-oz.) can cream-style corn into batter in Step 1.