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Hush Puppies are the Southern Classic That Go With Everything

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Great with seafood or barbecue, hush puppies are the most versatile side you can add to your meal that’ll ensure you’re not leaving the table hungry. You can smother them in hot sauce, dip them in butter, or sop up some barbecue drippings with them, and not even think twice. Their texture is that of a crunchy golden outer layer that gives way to a tender and sweet center once you take the first bite. And, any guests you have over are sure to see to it you won’t have any leftovers!

With simple ingredients you’ll most likely already have in the house, plus some oil for frying, you’ll be able to whip these hush puppies up in the blink of an eye. With a name attributed to what you might imagine its purpose to be, the first known use of this recipe is indicated to have been by fishermen and hunters (or other outdoor cooks). They would feed them to their dogs during fish fries or other cookouts, stopping their barking and quelling their appetites. Today, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Texas family that makes a batch of these only to give it to their dog(s), no matter how much a member of the flock they feel they are! They are two-bite, deep-fried nuggets of southern cuisine gold, and you’re going to want to possibly double the recipe, depending on how many people you’re expecting at the table! Dropped by spoonful into the hot oil you’re frying them in, hush puppies are the equivalent of a doughnut to coffee for your meals—they make the purpose of having them a whole lot better.

HUSH PUPPIES

Hush Puppies are the Southern Classic to Complement Every Meal

Key ingredients for this recipe include:

Flour

Cornmeal

Sugar

Buttermilk

Egg

Oil (for frying)

This particular hush puppies recipe comes from The Spruce. However, there are several available online in addition to the ones you may have received from family over the years. The variations are only slight, and the tastes are sensational. The full ingredient listing and directions are available at the link provided here, and the cooking time is said to be minimal. If you’re so inclined, you might also consider getting creative with your hush puppies by adding some jalapeno, some whole kernel corn, and a number of herbs and spices, to your taste and liking.