Hushpuppies started as delicious cornmeal fritters called croquettes de maise. The name hushpuppy came about when an old Creole cook was frying a batch of catfish and croquettes. His hungry dogs began to howl in anticipation of a chance to savor some of the catfish. The innovative Creole instead tossed a few of the croquettes de maise to the dogs and yelled, “Hush, puppies!” The name has since been associated with this cornmeal delicacy.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 3 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup self-rising cornmeal mix
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 bunch green onions
In a cast-iron deep fryer, preheat the oil to 375 degrees F.
Combine the flour, cornmeal mix, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl.
In a small bowl, beat the egg.
Add the egg and 1/2 cup of the buttermilk to the mixing bowl.
Mix to a stiff batter.
Chop the green onions.
Stir 1/2 cup onions into the batter.
Add more buttermilk a little at a time until the batter is well mixed.
Let stand for 10 minutes.
Drop the batter by spoonfuls into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.
Per serving: Calories 266 (From fat 139); Fat 15g (Saturated 1g); Cholesterol 28mg; Sodium 617mg; Carbohydrate 27g (Dietary fiber 2g); Protein 5g.