Recipe: Hushpuppies

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2D

Hushpuppy is the young heroine of Oscar nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild." These hushpuppies – from Paula Deen (the Food Network) – are finger-lickin' good.

INGREDIENTS

6 cups peanut oil

1 1/2 cups cornmeal

1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg, lightly beaten

INSTRUCTIONS

Using a deep pot, preheat oil for frying to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, stir together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in the onion. In a small bowl, stir together the buttermilk and egg. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until blended.

Drop the batter, 1 teaspoon at a time, into the hot oil. Dip the spoon in a glass of water after each hushpuppy is dropped in the oil. Fry in batches until golden brown, turning the hushpuppies during the cooking (about 2 to 3 minutes per side). Drain on paper towels and keep warm. Serve with butter.

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