Southern Hush Puppies

With a batter made from a combination of sour cream plus buttermilk and the addition of various spices and herbs, these fried hushpuppies will have you thinking you are in Charleston, South Carolina.











  • ½ cup cornmeal
  • ½ all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 whole egg
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • The zest and juice of ½ lemon
  • ½ cup scallion (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon italian parsley (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled & chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 bumps worcestershire
  • 3 bumps tabasco
  • Oil for frying
  • Honey (to garnish)


Making the Batter

  1. Fill a heavy-bottomed pot with oil so that it is at least 4 inches deep.
  2. Heat the oil on medium-high heat until you reach 325 F.
  3. While the oil is coming up to temperature, prepare your hushpuppy batter.
  4. Start the batter by picking and chopping the parsley, chopping the chives, chopping the scallions, and chopping the garlic. Set aside.
  5. Crack your egg and whisk to break up the yolk.
  6. Add the sour cream and buttermilk and whisk to incorporate evenly.
  7. Zest and juice the ½ lemon into egg mixture.
  8. Add the honey, worcestershire, tabasco and sugar into the egg mixture and whisk to combine.
  9. Measure out and combine the ap flour, cornmeal, paprika, salt, pepper, baking powder, and baking soda into a bowl and then add it into the egg mixture, mixing gently to break up all the clumps and to combine.
  10. Once the batter forms a singular batter with no dry spots, gently fold in the garlic, parsley, chives and scallions. (The batter should look slightly thicker than cornbread batter.)

Frying the Batter

  1. Once the oil has maintained a temperature of 325 F, you want to gently drop about 1 heaping tablespoon worth of batter into the oil. (you can fry about 4-6 hushpuppies at a time.)
  2. After about 2 minutes, gently tap on one side of each hushpuppy to flip it upside down so that the other side may cook in the oil. After another 2 minutes, all hushpuppies should be a beautiful golden-brown on each side. Remove them from the oil, sprinkle with a light pinch of salt and drizzle with some honey before enjoying.

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