Hush Puppies

@CarolDM (21586)
United States
April 15, 2019 5:16pm CST
I wrote a post earlier about having hush puppies with my lunch today and forgot that many of you are in other parts of the country and may not be familiar. Gill asked what they were and I started thinking of others that may wonder as well. Of course there is also the popular shoe brand called Hushpuppies that some of you are familiar with. They are great comfortable shoes that have been around forever it seems. If you're eating a fried catfish or shrimp dinner at a seafood restaurant in the South (or, lately anywhere else in the country), usually it will be served with hushpuppies. They are made from a cornmeal batter, dropped in balls into a deep fryer and cooked until crispy on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle. When I cook them at home, I fry them in a frying pan. They are delicious, but no one seems to have a clue where they came from. I have eaten these delicious little cornbread bites my entire life and have no idea where the name originated. Pixabay photo. Does anyone out there know where the name originated? Have you had this fried cornbread before?
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• United States
15 Apr
According to wikipedia... The name is often attributed to hunters, fishermen, or other cooks who would fry some basic cornmeal mixture (possibly that they had been bread-coating or battering their own food with) and feed it to their dogs to "hush the puppies" during cook-outs or fish-fries.[4] Other legends date the term to the Civil War, in which Confederate soldiers are said to have tossed fried cornbread to quell the barks of their dogs.[5][6] Yes, it's mostly served with seafood but can also be served with fried chicken at restaurants here in the South.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search For the footwear brand, see Hush Puppies. For other uses, see Hush puppies (disambiguation). HushpuppyA serving of HushpuppiesAlternative namesHush-puppy, cornbread ball, corn dodgersP
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
Yes I read that, I wonder how true it really is. Who knows I just know I love eating them.. with anything. Thanks for the link.
• United States
15 Apr
@CarolDM Your welcome. I mean, I assume it's true, but then it might not be. I usually end up eating them with seafood. I'll have regular cornbread with soups or ham and pintos. I dip my hushpuppies in tartar, honey mustard, ranch or ketchup. I know some who will soak them in buttermilk.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
@ScribbledAdNauseum Yes I dip mine too. Good stuff. Soaking them in buttermilk is what my Grandmother used to do.
@db20747 (16573)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
15 Apr
Love hush puppies!!! On fish Fridays I get hush puppies with my dinner!!! The ones I get have corn in them , at least twice a month!!
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
Yes I love any kind of bread. And love the corn fritters too.
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@Gillygirl (21401)
• Sutton, England
15 Apr
Now I know what the term means. If I was to get a waitressing job in London and an American tourist asked me for hush puppies I would not offer him/her shoes.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
Yes, it is so cool to share word knowledge with my friends.
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@LadyDuck (213238)
• Switzerland
16 Apr
As I visited the south of the United States many times, I know what hush puppies are, they are good with fried catfish. Someone told me that the name comes from the habit of hunters and fishermen to feed those fried balls to their dogs, to "hush the puppies" during cook-outs.
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@Courtlynn (60368)
• United States
15 Apr
I've tried them once, and didn't like them. But I'm a picky eater, and don't like cornbread itself, so I'm not surprised.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
I love just about anything fried. Not healthy but i like them in moderation.
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@Courtlynn (60368)
• United States
15 Apr
@CarolDM I love fried dough, and fried chicken.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
@Courtlynn Yes same here!
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@1hopefulman (39651)
• Canada
15 Apr
I had to read what this post was all about. What is she eating? It is an unusual name for what you describe.
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@db20747 (16573)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
16 Apr
Ever had hush puppies!!
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@1hopefulman (39651)
• Canada
16 Apr
@db20747 I usually bought cheaper shoes. I tried to use my resources wisely and alway put the family first.
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@db20747 (16573)
• Washington, District Of Columbia
16 Apr
@1hopefulman good man U R!!!
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@just4him (148096)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Apr
I tried them once and that was enough for me. I'm not a cornmeal fan.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
16 Apr
We all have different tastes.
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@just4him (148096)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
16 Apr
@CarolDM Yes, we do.
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@rhpinc (1689)
• Las Vegas, Nevada
15 Apr
I used to get these from Long John Silvers before they shut down :)
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
Yes many of them have shut down, we have a few left here.
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@rhpinc (1689)
• Las Vegas, Nevada
16 Apr
@CarolDM That is neat that there is still some left there!
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@florelway (4542)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
15 Apr
I am one of those not familiar with it. Lol I only know it's my shoe brand.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
Yes we have the shoes here in the US as well. Now you know!
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@florelway (4542)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
16 Apr
@CarolDM yes, it's also a kind of food.
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@snowy22315 (64604)
• United States
16 Apr
Yeah, I had some just last week with my fish dinner. Ya gotta love hushpuppies!
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
16 Apr
That is great, I do love them.
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@bunnybon7 (39762)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Apr
i love them . had them most my life also. no idea where the name comes from. probably some southern lady from way back.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
Probably so, I love them too.
@NJChicaa (53845)
• United States
15 Apr
I made them once and we loved them.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
15 Apr
I have always loved them.
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@JudyEv (157749)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Apr
Thanks for the explanation. I've wondered what they were before too.
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@dya80dya (13113)
• Romania
22h
I haven't tried them. They look tasty.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
22h
They are delicious.
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@1creekgirl (15199)
• United States
16 Apr
My husband makes delicious hushpuppies when he fries fish. When made right, they really are yummy.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
16 Apr
Oh that is great, they are so good. Luck you!
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@Aquitaine24 (4064)
• San Jose, California
16 Apr
This looks similar to some Indian sides.
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@CarolDM (21586)
• United States
16 Apr
Oh really, that is cool to know.
@Nevena83 (20538)
• Serbia
16 Apr
They look really tasty.
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• United States
16 Apr
I've never had hushpuppies but they certainly look delicious.
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@wunnam (555)
• Ghana
16 Apr
I can see from the picture that the food will be delicious. But i never heard of of the name, i will also have to make a research on that to know how it originated.
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• Rupert, Idaho
16 Apr
I have only had them a few times when I went to Long John Silvers....they are okay to me. Don't know about the name though!
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