By Carol DM
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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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. 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. Yes, it's mostly served with seafood but can also be served with fried chicken at restaurants here in the South.
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@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.
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.