Mississippi Hush Puppies
As a side for the cookout we had on Sunday, I made one of The Wife's guilty pleasures - hush puppies. I found this recipe in Southern Living and it was delicious.
It's a simple batter that cooks up beautifully.
1 cup self-rising cornmeal mix
1/2 cup self-rising flour
3 tablespoon sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk or beer
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
Vegetable oil for frying
Whisk together cornmeal, flour and sugar. In a separate bowl, combine egg, beer, onion and both peppers. Gently fold in your wet mixture into the dry mixture, mixing until just combined and moist.
Let the mixture rest in the fridge for 30 minutes - or all afternoon if you prefer to make this ahead.
When you're ready to serve, using a spoon, drop a grape to ping-pong sized dollop of the batter in 375 degree oil and fry for about three minutes total - making sure to turn them with a spoon so they don't cook only on one side.
Serve these immediately, but be warned - the jalapenos provide some nice unexpected heat.