My boyfriend unearthed a treasure the other day while rummaging around in his kitchen. He found the staple of every Southern kitchen: a deep fryer.
I was inordinately excited.
I’d never deep-fried anything in my life.
I know it’s not the healthiest way to eat, but it was one of those things I’d always wanted to try and had never gotten the chance.
As luck would have it, we were planning on smoking some ribs, chicken and brisket on his new smoker that weekend, and it seemed that something fried would go perfectly with slow-cooked, smoked meats.
We decided on hushpuppies (because there’s really no other way to make a hushpuppy other than deep-frying it) and because we both LOVE them and RARELY eat them.
I found a Paula Deen recipe (if you’re going to deep-fry something, you might as well do it the Paula way). Hers called for onions, but I omitted those and added a few extra spices to the batter. I can’t tell you the level of satisfaction I derived from dropping those nuggets into the bubbling oil and letting them cook to a golden perfection.
I also read that you can swap out the buttermilk for beer, but I’ll try that next time!
It’s not something you want to do every day or every week for obvious health reasons, but they sure were a delicious special treat for a Friday night!
6 cups peanut oil
1 1/2 cups self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
Using a deep fryer or deep pot, preheat oil for frying to 350° F.
Using a mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, cayenne, garlic and salt. 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 oil. Dip the spoon in a glass of water after each hushpuppy is dropped in the oil. Fry until golden-brown, turning the hushpuppies during the cooking process.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 191, Calories from Fat: 117, Fat: 13 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 10 mg, Sodium: 378 mg, Potassium: 29 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 2 g
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