I thought they were but no – they are little deep fried balls of loveliness that I forbid myself to cook too often!
This recipe is from my friend Chad who is fast becoming my bread baking mentor he says good cooks are artists and good bread bakers are scientists. When I do depend on science to make a loaf of bread it comes out really well but when I go off the beaten track like I have this morning – well anything can happen.
But Hush Puppies are not like bread and are a wonder to cook for easy going artistic cooks like me.
This recipe is Chad’s grandmother’s recipe. She grew up in rural central South Carolina. Her name was Mimi.
And sweet Bloody Butcher ( a red Indian corn that can be traced back to the tribes who passed through this region for centuries – since way back before they were introduced to horses – and was not called bloody butcher until the settlers came across it which makes me think we should call it Red Indian Corn) is a wonderful cornmeal for Hush Puppies.
I also have a sale on Bloody Butcher Cornmeal at The Mill so when you do your flour shopping don’t forget to grab a bag. Also don’t forget to put an F next to your name so I can pop a sample of something new into your box. I love spoiling The Fellowship!
Did you know that the Bloody Butcher corn is so sweet you can eat it fresh like sweetcorn.
Mimi’s Hush Puppies
2 cups Bloody Butcher Cornmeal
1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder
Pepper and Salt to taste
Half an onion finely ground/chopped
1 cup of cultured buttermilk mixed with 1 large egg.
Drop small spoonfuls into very hot oil. (I had trouble with the oil – finally settling on a local sunflower oil). Olive oil is also a good frying oil that gets really hot but I did not have enough and neither is it local.
Drain and eat with a dip if your choice. I mixed home made yoghurt with a home made sweet chili sauce.
Here in the Midwest, John tells me, they eat Hush Puppies with fried fish. But that was too much deep fried food for me so I ate mine with a salad.
These are a great treat!
Have a lovely weekend