Southern Cooking: Hush Puppies

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This week we continue in my southern cooking cookbook from Macon, Georgia Church of the Nazarene, “Seasoned with Love”! I’ve been thumbing through marking recipes I want to share, along with the previously starred recipes that my friend Mandy enjoyed. With excitement, I searched for hush puppies recipes.

Sadly, I found no Hush Puppies. Sigh. If you’ve never had hush puppies then you, are truly missing out. I had my first experience with hush puppies at Long John Silver, somewhere in Georgia!

Just try them. You’ll like it.

I remember my dad ordered us all fish and hush puppies. I wrinkled my nose up at the crispy, fried balls of corn meal dough with onion greens on top. Yuck! What is it? My dad laughed and said I would like them. Begrudgingly I pick up a hush puppy and the rest is foodie history. YUMMY!

If hush puppies were a part of southern cooking, then count me in! Pass the lemonade and find me a front porch. It’s been a few years (gulp, total lie, it’s been like, umm… 30) since I ate those delicious things.

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History of hush puppies

First, let’s be clear. We are NOT talking about the shoe brand Hush Puppy®. We are most definitely talking about the food, hush puppies. Where and when hush puppies all began seems to be a bit cloudy. I will try to bring you as close to the truth as I can!

All southern states will tell you they believe their state was the first state to come out with hush puppies, and they have the BEST recipe! According to CulinaryLore.com, Hush puppies’ origination and revival have a few theories:

  • Nuns from France found themselves in New Orleans. They made a dish with cornmeal called croquettes de maise.
  • Hunters out for the day hunting and fishing would pan-fry their fish. The dog smelling the wonderful food, would beg for their earned supper. The hunters would fry up leftover balls of the cornmeal dough used to fry the fish. These fried balls would “hush” the puppies.
  • Majorie Kinnan Rawlings, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Yearling, also wrote a wonderful cookbook called Cross Creek Cookery. Marjorie describes many southern cooking dishes, one of which is hush puppies. This 1942 cookbook most likely brought revival to many southern cooking dishes, with hush puppies being one of them. She did NOT invent hush puppies. Many of the recipes in her cookbook can be attributed to her maid, Idella Parker.

Hush Puppies

Below, I have brought together various hush puppies recipes for you to look up. YouTube also had an enjoyable video to watch as well. You can catch that here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-fxhRvgk8Q. Enjoy!

You can’t have hush puppies without some fried fish- catfish. Check out this recipe for fried catfish here, https://www.southernliving.com/recipes/fried-catfish.

Biscuit Recipes

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Homemade Biscuits- Mary Knowland

Ingredients

  • 3 c. plain flour- I think she means all-purpose
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. milk
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 6 tbsp. vegetable shortening

Directions

Sift flour, measure, and sift with baking powder and salt. Blend in shortening with 2 spatulas, and add milk. Place on lightly floured board, knead lightly. Bake in a hot oven at 450° for 12 minutes. Yield; 16 servings.

Cheese-Garlic Biscuits- Brenda Purser

Ingredients

  • 2 c. buttermilk baking mix
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1/2-1 c. finely shredded cheddar cheese to taste
  • 1 tbsp. parsley flakes
  • 1/4 c. butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder or to taste

Directions

Mix the baking mix, milk, and cheese until a soft dough forms. Beat vigorously for 30 seconds. Drop dough by spoonful’s onto a cookie sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes at 450° or until lightly brown. Mix butter, garlic powder, and parsley. Brush over warm biscuits before removing them from the cookie sheet. Serve warm. Yield: 12 servings.

That’s it for today, friends. Join me next week as we keep on digging through this southern cooking cookbook! Till next time. Here is to good food, good friends, and a good life.

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