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Hushpuppies with Bacon, Onions and Corn
Hushpuppies, as the story goes, were a tasty "Chuck Wagon" treat to keep the dogs quiet. Of course, one of the pantry staples of all Chuck Wagons is ground corn meal. And after a hearty breakfast, there was always some available to make into a paste, fry in the left over cooking grease and throw to the dogs to stop them from barking. Today, Hushpuppies have become a Southern menu staple we all find a treat!
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- 3⁄4 cup Yellow Corn Meal
- 3⁄4 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1 Egg
- 1⁄2 cup Milk
- 1⁄2 tsp. Salt
- 3⁄4 tsp. Black Pepper
- 1 Tbsp. Bacon Grease
- 1⁄2 cup Sweet Onion, chopped
- 4 strips Bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1⁄4 cup Corn Kernels
- - Vegetable Oil for Frying, as needed
- Mix all ingredients together (except Vegetable Oil for Frying) into a paste like batter.
- Add additional beaten egg if the mixture is too dry.
- Pour an approximately 2 to 3 inch depth of frying oil in a sauce pot leaving an additional 3 inches or more of displacement space for the hushpuppies to fry.
- Heat oil to 350 F.
- Carefully portion (spoon) tablespoon size amounts of the hushpuppy batter into the hot oil being careful not to spoon one directly on top of another.
- Fry hushpuppies approximately 7 to 8 minutes or until medium brown on all sides and cooked through.
- Remove cooked hushpuppies onto absorbent paper towels, salt lightly and allow to cool slightly before enjoying.
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