Hush Puppies

This is a corn meal batter, deep-fried and served with fried fish. The name is derived from American fish fries in the South, where extra pieces of batter were cooked to appease the dogs who would bark hungrily at the smell of fish.

6½ oz. corn meal

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 small onion, very finely chopped

6 fl. oz. buttermilk sufficient vegetable oil for deep-frying

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the corn meal, soda and salt. Wrap the chopped onion in kitchen paper towels and wring to extract as much liquid as possible. Add the onion to the corn meal mixture.

Gradually add the buttermilk, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Mix to a stiff batter.

With your hands, form the batter into rounded finger shapes about 2-inches long.

In a deep-frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat until it reaches 375 °F on a deep fat thermometer, or until a piece of stale bread dropped into the oil turns golden in 40 seconds. Fry the hush puppies for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are golden. Drain them thoroughly on kitchen paper towels and serve im-mediately.

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