Did you know that the word "hushpuppy" harkens back to the 19th century when hunters would quiet their dogs by throwing them balls of fried cornmeal?
This flavorful mix, made with freshly ground cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and a touch of onion, is a cinch to make - just add water and eggs and deep fry. The result is a savory fritter with a crisp, crunchy exterior and a light, moist center full of sweet corn flavor with subtle notes of onion. The batter takes well to variations such as adding fresh corn or chopped green onions. Or for an extra tender puppy, substitute buttermilk for the water. We recommend eating these golden puppies straight out of the fryer as a side to barbecued chicken, ribs or fried fish, just as they do in the South.