Hush Puppies by Lisa UK

posted by Lisa UK 08-01-100 10:54 AM

Hush Puppies
from Sheila Ferguson's Soul Food cookery book

2 cups/9 oz./275 g. cornmeal preferably white
2 tbs. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
dash cayenne pepper (optional)
1/4 cup/1 1/2 oz./45 g. finely chopped onions
1 small clove garlic minced (optional)
1 large egg
1 cup milk
about 2 cups/1 lb./500 g. lard or vegetable shortening

Mix together all your dry ingredients, onion included and any other optional ingredient. Make a well in the center, drop in your egg, stir in your milk and blend well to make a nice smooth batter. Let it sit 2 minutes and then form it into teaspoon sized balls.

Heat the lard to 350F/175C – use a cooking thermometer – in a deep fat fryer or in a deep heavy skillet.

Drop your batter into the hot fat and fry until the hush puppies are golden brown. Drain them on paper towels and serve at once.

If you have any old hounds around you can always try them out on them first!

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