Gut Rumbles

April 28, 2005

hush puppies

I actually met some yankees at the blog-meet in Jekyll who had never tasted hush puppies before. I couldn't believe it. Hush-puppies are a STAPLE down South.

Hush-puppies are really nothing more than deep-fried cornbread, but you can make them so many different ways that it could put a Starbucks menu to shame. Straight up, they are good. Chop up some onion and bell pepper into the mix and it's even better. Add some hot peppers. Dice some sausage and try that, too. Make 'em anyway you want to.

It's almost impossible to fuck up a hush-puppy.

But you can make some REALLY good ones, that stand out in the crowd. The best hush-puppies I ever tasted came from "Pearls's Elegant Pelican" on La Roache Avenue in Savannah. Pearl served her hush-puppies the way a Mexican restaurant gives you a bowl of corn chips to munch before you order your meal.

Bejus! I could dig into Pearl's hush-puppies and make a meal out of THOSE. By the time the waitress came to get my order, I wasn't hungry anymore. That's no shit. I often ordered a meal and told them to put it in a go-box, because I had filled up on hush-puppies.

Pearl made them with a lot of honey and butter, then fried them very lightly. Those puppies were delicious and SWEET, without being nauseating. It was like eating cake.

If you've never tasted good hush-puppies, you have not lived a complete life.


Hmmm, I've never had sweet hush puppies! I've had (and like) sweet cornbread, so guess it would be about the same thing.

Posted by: Michele on April 28, 2005 03:28 PM

But do you know the legend behind the name, "hush puppies"?

Posted by: TigerHawk on April 28, 2005 03:41 PM

OOh, Rob, did they have the powdered sugar sprinkled on them? Pa used to make them like that sometimes. Yum.

Posted by: og on April 28, 2005 03:45 PM

Sweet Hushpuppies???? Man that's like sugar in Grits!! Sacreilg!!!!

Posted by: DaneBramage on April 28, 2005 04:06 PM

the best I ever had were at bullock's in durham. They're neither too sweet nor too savory, and they serve 'em with "honey flavored margarine spread". Yum.

And you're right Dane. Grits need cheese and pepper.

Posted by: caltechgirl on April 28, 2005 04:11 PM

A thing of true joy indeed. I could skip the fish I suppose if I had to just as long as I got a hush puppy or three.

Posted by: arathorn on April 28, 2005 04:21 PM

A thing of true joy indeed. I could skip the fish I suppose if I had to just as long as I got a hush puppy or three.

Posted by: arathorn on April 28, 2005 04:22 PM

I have to admit that I'd never had a hush puppy until I lived in North Carolina. My neighbor made the best hush I have the recipe! I prefer them with onions, corn and instead of adding water, use beer. Now that's some good eatin'!!!

Posted by: Stephanie on April 28, 2005 05:22 PM

I've never even heard of them :( I feel so ashamed! Thanks for learnin me something today Rob!

Posted by: livey on April 29, 2005 12:47 AM

The Oyster House. Mobile, AL.

And now I am VERY hungry.

Posted by: aergoat on April 29, 2005 11:58 AM

I'll second that opinion on pearl's. We were there about 8 yrs ago and they are still the gold std I measure other hush puppies against. We're headed down to Hilton Head in May and you can bet that Pearl's will be on our list of must do places.. MMMMMMMMMMM!!

Posted by: mike on March 18, 2007 12:36 PM

I do them the way my mother did, add a little honey or sugar to the batter plus sometimes some young corn and a few dashes of hot sauce( it won't make them hot) just a faint seasoning. Also if I am going to have a lot of people I double fry them , do a bunch at 330-340 to cook , drain and rest and just before serving pop them back in the oil for a min. at 360-365 works great and real crisp and hot for all to enjoy . Have fun eat well !

Posted by: John J Foote on November 9, 2009 12:36 PM

Been looking for the receipe. Do you have it?

Posted by: glenn on December 7, 2009 03:08 PM
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