I’ve been intrigued by hush puppies ever since a friend who grew up in the South told me about them. He said that when the good old boys were sitting around the campfire at night after a day’s hunting, they’d drop bits of corn bread dough into hot oil to fry and throw it to their barking dogs with the command: “Hush puppies!” They’re a great side dish with anything saucy, though I enjoy them as a snack as well, especially dunked in Alabama white sauce, Cajun remoulade (see video below) or comeback sauce! They’re the perfect way to use up buttermilk and cornmeal leftover from other recipes. You want the oil for frying hot enough that the puppies seal and sizzle but not so hot that they burn on the outside before they’re cooked on the inside; the easiest way to check is to fry a test one first.
Makes about 20
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