Hush puppies

    40 min

    Hush puppies are moreish little polenta fritters, popular in the American South. Nibble on them for a snack, serve with a sauce for dipping, or enjoy as a side dish. They're commonly served as a side to seafood.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 125g self-raising flour
    • 120g polenta (cornmeal)
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 litre oil for frying

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. In a medium bowl, mix together eggs, sugar and onion. Blend in flour and cornmeal.
    2. Heat 5cm of oil to 185 degrees C. Drop batter by rounded teaspoonfuls in hot oil, and fry until golden brown. Cook in small batches to maintain oil temperature. Drain briefly on kitchen paper. Serve hot.

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    ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! However, I have to say that I am surprised by the mixed reviews. Some found it too dry, others too sweet, others too bland... Well, here's what I did: I halved the recipe since I only needed a small batch. I did NOT cut the sugar. And HERE'S A TIP: Think about how you like your cornbread- not sweet, moderately sweet, or Southern sweet. I am from SC, and I like mine nice n sweet, so that's why I didn't cut the sugar. But if you don't like sweet cornbread, adjust the sugar accordingly. Also, I grated a whole onion (even though, when halved, the recipe calls for 1/2 onion). Grating allows you to get tiny pieces of onion AND the onion "juice." With the onion juice, I didn't have to add any milk or buttermilk. I just mixed thoroughly. Also, since I DIDN'T HAVE ANY SELF-RISING FLOUR, I added 1/2t baking powder to the batter, and also 1t salt (remember, I halved the recipe). These didn't last long with my 1 and 3 year old. Okay, fine, I had more than my fair share, too! Awesome recipe! 5 stars any day!  -  14 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These were really good. I did not have any self-rising flour, so I just used all cornmeal. I cut the recipe in half since it is only my husband and I. I also only added in 1tbs of sugar because I knew that anymore would make it too sweet.  -  04 Feb 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    These are awesome. I tried another recipe on this site and was very disappointed. I had to try another recipe since I still had the taste for hush puppies. I took suggestions from others and cut the amount of sugar down to 1/4 cup, added garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. I also added a can of creamed corn and the batter was perfect, no milk needed. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes before frying. I can't wait to make these again.  -  09 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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