There are many stories about how the hush puppy came into being. These delicious, fried cornmeal balls have been served in the south for centuries, but their origin is unconfirmed.
Hush Puppy Origin
- Some say they were created by a group of nuns in New Orleans, who had come over from France.
- Others say that hush puppies were an accident that southern slaves happened upon. When the house cook would prepare dredge for catfish, they would send the leftovers down to the slave quarters, so as not to waste the food. The slaves would then add a little onion, milk and egg to the mix and fry up the little balls of heaven. While they were preparing plates, they would throw them to the dogs to keep them quiet, and holler, “Hush Puppy!”
- And then, there’s the story that southern men like to tell about the puppies. Confederate soldiers, while camping in Yankee territory, would toss the cornballs to their yapping dogs, with the command, “Hush Puppy!” (This story was adapted from savannahclassics.com)
My friend, Jenna, over at The Painted Apron, has a delicious recipe. She adds cheese to the batter.
If you prefer a mix that you can use in several different recipes, then I recommend the House-Autry Mills brand that has been around for over 200 years.
The best meal to serve these cornballs with is catfish, cole slaw and some type of potato. Stay tuned for a post on the best southern cole slaw and fried catfish recipes.