- Ready In:
- 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
- 1⁄2 cup grated onion (1 medium or 1/2 large)
- 5 tablespoons buttermilk or 2 tablespoons skim milk
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons self-rising flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 slices white bread, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons grated green bell peppers (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together just until they are wet.
- Refrigerate 30 minutes to 5 hours.
- To cook, heat oil to about 350-375 degrees.
- Dip a small spoon in cold water, then get a spoonful of batter, using the side of the bowl to"break-off" the spoonful of batter from the bowl.
- Immediately submerge spoon in the hot oil for a few seconds until the Hush Puppy releases from the spoon.
- Repeat this process with each Hush Puppy, until you have 6 or 7 in the hot oil.
- Do not crowd the"puppies", as you do not want to lower the temperature of the hot oil.
- Getting the spoon wet between puppies is important, as it helps keep the batter from sticking to the spoon.
- If your oil is the correct temperature, the hush puppies should be golden on the outside and cooked on the inside.
- When golden on one side, if they automatically turn themselves over, you're cooking like a Pro.
- If they don't give them a little nudge to make them turn over.
- Possible Problems: If oil is too hot, or"raw puppies are too large", they will get too browned on the outside and be gummy or runny on the inside.
- If oil is not hot enough, the puppies will be greasy.
- I usually put 1 or 2 spoonsful of batter in the hot oil to test it before making a whole batch of these tasty little Southern treats.
- Adjust oil temperature as needed.
- Although not quite as good as when freshly cooked, I often freeze leftover hush puppies and reheat them in a toaster oven until warm.
- They are still mighty good.
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