Hushpuppies with Bacon, Onions and Corn

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Hushpuppies with Bacon, Onions and Corn
Serves 6
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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  1. 3⁄4 cup Yellow Corn Meal
  2. 3⁄4 cup All Purpose Flour
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 1⁄2 cup Milk
  5. 1⁄2 tsp. Salt
  6. 3⁄4 tsp. Black Pepper
  7. 1 Tbsp. Bacon Grease
  8. 1⁄2 cup Sweet Onion, chopped
  9. 4 strips Bacon, cooked and chopped
  10. 1⁄4 cup Corn Kernels
  11. - Vegetable Oil for Frying, as needed
  1. Mix all ingredients together (except Vegetable Oil for Frying) into a paste like batter.
  2. Add additional beaten egg if the mixture is too dry.
  3. 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.
  4. Heat oil to 350 F.
  5. 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.
  6. Fry hushpuppies approximately 7 to 8 minutes or until medium brown on all sides and cooked through.
  7. Remove cooked hushpuppies onto absorbent paper towels, salt lightly and allow to cool slightly before enjoying.
Nino Salvaggio