I recently purchased a big square pan that came with a wire basket and the first thing that I thought of making was hush puppies. How hard could it be right? As I found out, this so called simple-to-make side dish isn’t all that simple. Getting the oil temp to stay around 375 was more difficult than it should have been. Getting the cornmeal mixture into the hot oil was quite entertaining also. I highly recommend that care be taken when dropping anything into hot oil as splashing occurs and you can easily be burned.
- 2 cups yellow cornmeal, NOT the self-rising kind
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 1 small onion, finely minced
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Vegetable oil
Combine all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
Add milk, onion, and egg and stir just until blended.
Pour about 2 inches of oil into a large pot or deep pan.
Heat oil to 375 degrees
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful into oil and fry until golden on all sides.
Fry in small batches and do not overcrowd the pan or the oil temperature will drop too much.
Remove with a slotted spoon or tongs. Serve warm.