I remember these recipe cards. I probably typed this one for her too. She probably looked up this recipe when my dad was fishing a lot because hush puppies are typically served with fish, at least in my experience. Of course, Long John Silver’s may have been my experience at that point. I don’t recall having hush puppies as a kid, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. It’s a very simple recipe and cheap to make so it would have been a great choice back then. We didn’t have much money when I was growing up, but we always ate.
A typical meal from Long John Silver’s. A platter with battered and fried fish and chicken, french fries, battered fried shrimp, hushpuppies and coleslaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
These literally took 10 minutes or less to make from start to done cooking. You just have to make sure that the oil is heated up. There were no cooking instructions again, thanks Mom!, so I had to look up a recipe for hush puppies online to find out how to cook them. Deep fry. I made them with some Crappie (a kind of fish) that my husband and daughter caught last fall. I wanted to bread and fry the crappie in the electric skillet, but I only had enough oil for one or the other so my hush puppies were fried in the electric skillet before the fish.
I mixed all the ingredients together and it made a thick batter. I rolled it all into balls and fried them until golden brown. The recipe I found said to heat the oil to 375o so that’s what I did. It worked for the hush puppies and the fish. These hush puppies were not very flavorful and kind of heavy, but maybe hush puppies are naturally heavy? It is basically cornbread after all. I also used dried minced onion, but I probably should have used fresh and cut it up myself. This is one of those recipes that I will try again and tweak it a little here and there to see if I can make it better.
The only comment, well verbal comment, that I got was from my husband who said they were good, but were missing something. I agree and I think it was fresh onion. Any ideas from the peanut gallery? My daughter gave a non-verbal comment when she took a bite of one and put the rest back onto the serving plate. All in all, I think it was a successful attempt. They were easy to make and very quick. I think I just need to use fresh onion….and maybe some powdered seasoned fish batter instead of plain flour for a little more flavor. If you have any suggestions, let me know so I can try them!
These would probably be great if you were camping as long as you had a way to heat oil! I can picture it now…..go fishing all day, bring home the freshly caught fish, someone else can clean them and I’ll cook them outside by a campfire. Then we can roast marshmallows or make s’mores for dessert. Aaaahhh……and yum.
Back to reality. I did it again!……no pictures! I need to get my full mind back into this!
1 1/2 cups yellow corn meal
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup milk
2 Tbls. minced onion
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a spoon. Roll into balls with your hands and fry until golden brown in oil heated to 375o
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