Good afternoon y'all, I posted this recipe back in 2015 and just so happens I am making them to go with supper tonight. These are a favorite of ours, a version similar to some Mama made when I was a kid. They are hushpuppies with a twist using corn and cheese.
Papa did a lot of fishing when I was a young girl and Nannie made a whole lot of hushpuppies as they were expected on the supper table when Papa would bring home a mess of fish. We had lots of outdoor family fish fry's, but Nannie would fry some up whenever Papa ask for it for supper. She kept plastic containers of fish frozen in water in the freezer just for that reason. It was like Daddy had a 6th sense as to when Nannie would be frying up fish and hushpuppies because we would pile in the car to go for a visit and sure nuff, a peak in the oven found fish and hushpuppies in a saucer just waiting for us to eat. Of course, on any given evening we may visit them you would find a saucer in the oven with leftovers, and we had no problem enjoying them. I think that's one of my fondest memories of them, everyone sitting around the kitchen table drinking coffee or sweet tea and eating whatever Nannie had leftover from the oven and sometimes we would drag more out of the fridge or she would just set into cooking more.
- Corn Puppies (makes approx. 16-20)
- 15.25 oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 green onions, chopped (whites and greens)
- 1 1/2 C. self rising cornmeal
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 3/4 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 C. milk
- vegetable oil for frying
- In a bowl combine the corn, onion and cornmeal. Stir in the eggs, seasonings and cheeses.
- Stir in the milk and combine well.
- Heat 1" of oil in a cast iron skillet to 325 degrees (I use a candy thermometer to monitor my heat and reduce the temp. if necessary).
- Once the oil is hot, carefully drop by spoonfuls into the hot oil.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown.
- Drain on a paper sack or paper towel lined plated. Repeat with remaining batter.
- You can place the cooked puppies in a 275 degree oven to stay warm as you cook the other batches.