Monday, July 5, 2010

hushpuppy happiness

I've never loved eating seafood, but I've always loved eating at Red Lobster, Joe's Crab Shack, and Long John Silvers.  Why, you ask?  Well, I'll tell you...I heart hushpuppies!

What's not to love about a hushpuppy?  They are beautiful balls of cornbready goodness!  And I just love saying the word...hushpuppy...hushpuppy...HUSHPUPPY!!!

These are incredibly easy to make...not exactly healthy, but incredibly easy.  I blame their lack of health on my husband.  I think he's secretly trying to fatten me up by picking these kinds of recipes.

To make, begin by pouring two inches of oil into a deep skillet and heating to 375 degrees.  In need of an amazing skillet?  Be sure to enter to win one just like mine!  Drawing ends on Friday, so enter soon!

The ingredient list? - cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, cayenne pepper, egg or egg substitute, a can of cream style corn, and salt and pepper.

Mix all of the ingredients together - just toss in a bowl and whisk everything up.

I decided to do something a little crazy this time.  I halved the recipe.  In one half, I used all-purpose wheat flour.  In the other half, I used all-purpose gluten-free flour.  I just wanted to see if it would work.

Good did!  The gluten-free version was a bit more dense, in my opinion, but my taste-tester of a husband couldn't really find any difference between the two.

Drop by tablespoonfuls into the hot oil and cook until golden brown.

Don't be dismayed if your first hushpuppy comes out looking like this...

This just means that you either left it in too long or that your oil was too hot.  It happens (not to me, though...never happens to me).

This is what happens to me...


Serve up as a part of a fish fry and vow that you'll do 100 sit-ups a day for the next week to make up for it.  It's worth it.

2 cups cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 t. cayenne
1 egg
can cream style corn
salt and pepper to taste
oil for deep frying

Heat 2-inches of oil to 375 degrees in a large skillet. Mix all other ingredients together and drop by tablespoonfuls into the oil.  Cook until golden brown.  Remove to a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess oil.  Makes about 3 dozen.

This recipe is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday , Tasty Tuesday, and Tuesdays at the Table


  1. Sure looks good. Being wheat, corn, and dairy sensitive, I probably won't make them, but I can dream... :-)

  2. Oh Cranberry Morning, so sad! I've made them wheat and dairy free, but corn is the kicker in these. And what is a corn-free hushpuppy?

  3. Nothing really healthy about fried hushpuppies, but oh, so good. A good cast iron skillet would be great for good ol' fashion chicken-fried steak. Your recipes sound delicious.

  4. Those look delicious. My hubby enjoys hush puppies. We only get them from Long John Silvers or at our local sweet corn festival. I might try this recipe.

  5. Love it! And I'm sure the older the skillet the better!

    ~Prairie Story of Alison Zulyniak

  6. I've never had them before, but they do look tasty. Will give them a go sometime.

  7. Ha ha! That blackened hush puppy was so funny! Just add some Cajun spice and then you have Cajun blackened hush puppies!

  8. We love hush puppies in this house. I like to add a little grated onion to the batter.

  9. YUM! I heart hushpuppies too! Thanks for sharing your recipe and linking to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  10. I never knew these were so easy to make. Guess I'll have to make some now!:) Thanks for sharing.

  11. I can't wait to try this recipe! I wanted to let you know that I listed this recipe in my fav top ten recipes from last week post :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  12. I have never had homemade hush puppies...these look and sound delicious! : ) I can't wait to make them.

  13. I just "discovered" hushpuppies a couple of weeks ago (thanks to Martha Stewart, lol). I don't think they are served at any restaurants here in Canada (at least not chain ones). I whipped up a batch and we all LOVED them. The recipe I used had grated onion and no cream corn. DELICIOUS!! And what a coincidence, I just picked up a good old fashioned cast iron frying pan for $5 at a yard sale this past weekend (been looking for one for YEARS!!)

  14. I've never made hush puppies before. My boys would love them...especially the name!


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