Moo wrote:What are hushpuppies?
Hushpuppies are a shitty southern alternative to french fries. Picture taking a piece of corn bread and deep frying it.
Southerners think hushpuppies are the best fried snack/crap on the planet. You cannot argue with a southerner when it comes to cuisine.
(I'm from New England, and currently living in Florida. And I get into a lot of battles down here as a chef...
That's almost true. Hushpuppies are indeed more of a Southern thing than anywhere else in the U.S., or the world for that matter. They're mainly served with fish, which is usually coated with a cornmeal batter. A lot of chain fish/seafood restaurants serve them as part of the meal. The leftover cornmeal batter that was used to coat the fish is used in making hushpuppies.
There are several possibilities as to where they originated. One story tells how hunters made them up to feed the dogs and "hush the puppies" during cook-outs or fish frys. Another takes place during the Civil War, where Confederate soldiers would toss them to the dogs while cooking, if Union soldiers were near. Another tells of how the slaves would make them and toss them to the dogs that were tracking them, while trying to "train" them with the command to "hush, puppies." Another story I've heard tells how the slaves would fry them up to feed to the dogs, to keep them from trying to go after the food the slaves carried from the cook's house (where the kitchen was located) to the dining room in the main house during mealtimes.
I don't much care for hushpuppies frankly. I like them on occasion. They came with the meal, and I tried one of them. It was okay, but not the best. I think my grandma made the best. You just take cornbread batter, which is cornmeal, buttermilk, egg, and flour mixed together, and add in finely chopped onion. Some people might add in celery and/or bell peppers. Drop by tablespoonfuls into hot oil and fry until golden brown.