Hush Puppies

When I was at the University of Florida (Gainesville), one of my favorite meals was dinner at Mae and Nell's Fish Camp. I tried to duplicate the hush puppies, but without luck. Finally my friend Phil Ware came to my rescue with this family recipe. The Southern tradition is to cook the hush puppies in oil where fish have just been fried.

1 c corn meal
1/2 c flour
1 c milk
3 T sugar
3 t baking powder
1 t salt
1 med. onion, minced

Mix all but milk. About 30 minutes before you're ready to cook the hush puppies, add milk and mix. Let it sit a few minutes "to rise." Obviously there isn't any true rising involved because there's no yeast, but the baking powder does get a head start.

Put deep fat on to heat/reheat.

Dip spoon into milk and then into batter and then into hot fat, "preferably where fish have been fried," as Phil told me.

Honey, this is gooo-oood eatin'! To complete your Central Florida fish camp meal, with the fish and puppies serve cole slaw, grits, and sweetened tea.


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