To my knowledge, no one really knows how hush puppies got their name. One theory suggests fishermen threw bits of batter from frying fish to barking dogs with the admonition to “hush puppies.” Regardless of the origin of this delicious corn meal creation, many believe you must serve hush puppies in order to have a true fish fry.
Made with Martha White® Self-Rising Corn Meal Mix, hush puppies are traditionally flavored with onion and dropped by spoonsful into the hot oil where the fish were fried. Hush puppies are not limited to accompanying fish, nor are they always little round balls. In some parts of the South hush puppies are served with barbecue or even as an appetizer and sometimes are crescent or finger-shaped.
If you want to create your own signature hush puppy, try adding chopped bell or jalapeno peppers, corn kernels, chopped green onion, crumbled bacon or any additional item you think would taste good. This recipe for Hush Puppies is made with Martha White® Self-Rising Enriched White Buttermilk Corn Meal Mix and a little Self-Rising Flour. This recipe tastes great as is or you can use it as a base to customize your hush puppies by enhancing with your flavors of choice.