Classic Hush Puppies
There’s no doubt that biscuits and cornbread are the most popular quick breads in Southern United States cuisine. Next in popularity, especially with fish fries and seafood dinners is the hushpuppy. Legend has it that these savory fried cornmeal dumplings have their roots in Southern history. Confederate soldiers and hunters would fry up the last bit of their cornbread batter while out in the field and toss the fried dough to their hunting dogs to keep them quiet. Hushpuppies now take their place next to fried catfish, seafood or BBQ on tables all across the American South. There are variations, some folks add minced hot peppers, cheese or corn. Some argue that a proper puppy can only be made with white cornmeal, others will only use yellow. Fresh herbs show up in a few versions. The following recipe is a standard version, but feel free to add some minced hot peppers if you like. Hushpuppies are best eaten right away while still hot and crispy on the outside.