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Buttermilk Hush Puppies

  • Yield: 18 hush puppies


  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hot red pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapenos
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, or more, to taste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 cups vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 tablespoons Essence


  • Combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, hot sauce, onions, bell peppers, jalapenos, and cayenne in a large mixing bowl and mix well to break up any lumps. Stir in the eggs, buttermilk, and water, and blend well.
  • Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium-high heat to 360 degrees F.
  • In batches, drop the batter by tablespoons into the hot oil and fry until golden brown on all sides, turning with a long-handled spoon, about 2 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining batter. Sprinkle with the Creole seasoning and serve hot.