Recipe: Nathalie Dupree's Hush Puppies

We just posted a great video about Hush Puppies, along with a similar story by Nathalie Dupree, known as the originator of the New Southern Cooking movement. Here, she shares her recipe for these little tasty tidbits of friend cornmeal.

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Nathalie Dupree's Hush Puppies

Makes 20 to 25

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's Cross Creek Cookery, published in 1942, calls hush puppies "a concomitant of the hunt," and says "fresh-caught fried fish without hush puppies are as a man without a woman."

1 1/4 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 egg
1 cup milk
Dash of Tabasco
3 to 4 cups vegetable oil

Combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, and onion. Whisk together the egg, milk, and Tabasco and stir into the cornmeal mixture. Heat 2 to 3 inches of oil in a skillet to 365°F. Drop the batter into the hot oil by tablespoons. Fry until golden brown on all sides, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain on paper towels and serve hot.

(Images: Flickr member roboppy, Flickr member stacya, Flickr member adactio/a>, licensed under Creative Commons)

Per serving, based on 20 servings. (% daily value)
39.3 g (60.4%)
2.8 g (13.8%)
0.3 g
11.9 g (4%)
0.7 g (2.7%)
1.3 g
1.5 g (3.1%)
1.2 mg (0.4%)
162.4 mg (6.8%)

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