I made the command decision that I would only cook things that could be made with the ingredients on the island. After a few days of Pasta Roni, Corn Bread Muffins, and Grits I missed cooking. Cooking is what I do. The loneliness was beginning to set in and I wanted something to take my mind off the fact that my husband was gone, so I hit the Internet for a recipe. What could I make with zero fresh ingredients? Shortly after I settled into my search I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. I have never made homemade hush puppies and luckily I had and onion in the fridge. These "puppies" were delicious and just what I needed to get my cooking fix.
By the way, my husband didn't technically "leave me" leave me. We are moving home to New Orleans soon and he had a job opportunity that he needed to take in New Orleans before I could leave D.C. So I am living alone and cooking for one, but I am not exactly single ;-)
Adapted from Cooking Light April 2010
- 4 cups of Peanut Oil
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cornmeal
- 1/3 cup buttermilk
- 3 tablespoons grated onion
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
1. To prepare hush puppies, heat 4 cups of peanut oil to 385 degrees in a dutch oven. Lightly spoon 3/4 cup flour in dry measuring cups; level with a knife.
2. Combine 3/4 cup of flour and remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Mix ingredients together until incorporated.
3. Drop batter 1 tablespoonful at a time into pan; fry at 375° for 5 minutes or until browned, turning frequently.
Remove hush puppies from pan using a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
Serve hot with butter.
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