Have you ever bitten into a piece of food and had a memory flood over you? I had remembered hush puppies as I read the recipe, but the memory attached to them didn't come to life so vividly until I tasted them today.
When we were younger my dad would take us kids on "dates". We would go to a restaurant called the Hush Puppy and have dinner, then listen to whatever band was playing that night if there was one. They would serve hush puppies as the pre-dinner snack as opposed to chips or bread. I don't really remember any of the other food, but I remember those hush puppies and the taste of them brings back those nights having dinner with just dad and my siblings and how fun it was.
I have been reading The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery (I actually checked it out from the library again because I didn't finish it the first time and love it). I'm in the section on planting, growing and using corn and this recipe for hush puppies was in there. For some reason I read the recipe and then stood up and walked into the kitchen to make them. That never happens. :)
1 C corn meal
1 C flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
Dash of salt
As much onion as you like (I did half a large), chopped
1 egg, beaten
Mix together corn meal, flour, soda, salt and onion. Stir in egg and enough milk to make a thick batter. Fry in a skillet of oil until browned on bottom, then flip over and brown the other side. Remove and drain on paper towels.
I used grapeseed oil with a bit of bacon grease added in for flavor and they are wonderfully delicious. They weren't too hard either (just mix and fry!) and didn't make so much of a mess to turn me off from making them again. I'll probably be making these for snacks or a dinner side pretty often.
I ate 3 as they came out of the pan. The kids asked for more and more and I had to turn them away lest they ruin their dinner.