Friday, August 21, 2009

Peppery Hush Puppies

My son is starting Awana Bible School on Sunday.

My son
is beginning kindergarten on Monday.

My son is turning 6 with a huge Spongebob Bikini Bottom pool party in September.

My son.

He's ready for it all. But am I?

On the other side of things & almost just as sweet are these hush puppies with a twist. A twist that made me like them more than any restaurant versions I have tried. They went perfectly with a fish fry last weekend.

2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup pancake mix
2-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Oil for frying

In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, pancake mix, sugar, baking powder & salt. In another bowl, beat the egg, buttermilk, oil, jalapenos, onion & hot pepper sauce. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined.

In an electric skillet heat 1 inch of oil to 375°. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm. Yield: 4 dozen.

{Food for Thought}
The batter appeared a little loose so I just added just a tad more pancake mix. They flatten a bit when you drop them in the oil but it was a nice shape. Just don't expect big round balls. Even with the jalapeno pepper & hot sauce, I didn't find these to be too spicy at all. Just a very nice flavor.


FROGGITY! said...

he's so bloomin' cute!!! look at that happy face.

yay school!

also yay for hush puppies. this southern girl can't resist em...

happy weekend!

Stephanie Faris said...

Your son is adorable. And those hush puppies made my mouth water! I don't think that Subway sandwich I had for lunch is going to last me 'til dinner! I keep seeing food blogs and getting HUGE cravings!

Kristina P. said...

I just realized that I have never had Hush Puppies in my life, but they sound so delicious!

Tam said...

You know we people up here in Georgia Love some Hush Puppies! I will have to try your recipe!

We started Kindergarten on the 7th!

Woman Interrupted said...

question is...are YOU ready for all that???

Again your tempting me, but I'm scared to try it at home. In my heaven there is lots of fried food!!

Reeni♥ said...

Moments like this are priceless!

I love these spicy hush puppies! So delicious!

angie said...

Big things on the horizon! Huge!

Nana said...

My grandson is starting the big K next week too. They are so cute at this age.

The Hush Puppies look divine!

Brenda said...

6 is such a great age! My kids participated in AWANA and really liked it. I hope it goes as well for your son.

Tender Branson said...

Good luck on monday. as a teacher I see a lot of new kindergarteners crying on their first day (I teach second grade). Our school offers a boo-hoo breakfast for just that reason.

Pam said...

What a cutie. My daughter starts first grade - UGH. I can't believe how fast time flies.

The hush puppies look really tasty, I've only had them once but I loved them.

nora@ffr said...

ye son look adorable!! those hush puppies sound delish!1 i shud give a try some time sooner. m sure my daughter vud adore this!! thanx for sharing! my first visit here and m loving every bit of it!!
cheers and have agreat day!!

Kerstin said...

I've never made hush puppies at home, yours look fantastic! Hope your little guy enjoys his first day of kindergarten!

Erin, Nick and Merrick said...

Good luck tomorrow at school!!

Fresh Mommy said...

He is getting SO big, wow. And what a cutie!! I love that he's having a spongebob bikini bottom pool party!! And can you please send me some food?? :)


Maria said...

What a stud:) Great recipe too!

simpledaisy said...

He is so cute!! So many things in such a sort time period!!
How's the party planning coming??

Karine said...

Your hush puppies look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

Life with Kaishon said...

He is going to do so well.
I know it makes your heart break a little. It's hard to let them go.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, and I LOVE love LOVE hush puppies. But not as much as I love that your sweet boy is growing up : )

Jessica @ JJsVinBlanc said...

Glad you stopped by today :-) Yes, I only used 1 lb and a small pan to bake them on. I would think for a large sheet pan you would need 2-3 lbs of ground meat. They are very easy to do and turn out great. I think you'll love them!

Angela said...

YUM! My hubs will love these!! I rarely make hush puppies, but he loves them and I know these will score big, with the peppers. Can't wait to see how he likes 'em! Thanks girl!

Life, Love And Lola said...

Now these sound fabulous!!!

Kacey R. said...

Are you snapping pictures in Target? Yeah I know where you are. Cuz I'm nutty like that. I know my signs and product placement. LOL Tristan looks ever so handsome and I'm so happy he has had such a great week at school.

Oh yeah - and the hush puppies sound delish. I only have them once a year when we visit Destin - probably enough but they are so yummy!

CherylK said...

That is one adorable little boy. And he looks like a good boy, too - a bonus.

Now about the hush puppies...we have some walleye in the freezer that was caught in our lake, this summer. My husband has been bugging me to cook it and by golly I'm gonna make these hush puppies to go with it! The recipe intrigues me because of the pancake mix...can't wait to try it.