Okay, one more day on the southern theme. Since I've had a request, and since this is the BEST recipe I've found for them:
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup finely chopped green onions
1 Tbsp. water
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
Cooking oil for deep frying (yum)
In a small mixing bowl stir together egg, buttermilk, green onions, and water. In a medium mixing bowl combine cornmeal flour sugar baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients. Stir just till moistened. In a heavy saucepan or deep fat friar heat about two inches of the cooking oil. Drop batter by Tbsp. into hot oil. Fry a few at a time, about 2 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Keep warm in 325 degree oven while frying remainder. Makes about 18.
Dropping the batter into the oil can be a bit tricky. It takes some practice to get it right. I find if I use my finger to scrape the batter off the spoon in one quick smooth motion it stays in one piece more often.
Now of course with smothered okra and hush puppies you MUST have blackened fish. Catfish is the traditional southern fish, but just about any fish tastes great blackened. Just buy some blackening seasoning at the grocery store and season the fist to your taste. If you want to go really authentic Cajun, try alligator or turtle. Now everyone says alligator tastes like chicken, but they're wrong. It tastes like alligator!
Mmmmm, hush puppies. Just don't make them too often. They're dangerously addictive. And for you crochet enthusiasts out there, don't despair because I finished my blue ponchette and I'll post a pic of the finished product tomorrow!
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