Cornmeal fritters are also known as hushpuppies. There are a few stories about where this name came from. One is that people would give dogs fried cornmeal as a treat when they begged. Another, probably truer tale, is that hushpuppies were created by a well-known Black fish cook in the Carolinas about 120 years ago. He would serve these fritters along with fried fish. If you’ve had hushpuppies in the United States, you likely had them with fish. Even some fast-food fish chains serve hushpuppies with their fish. But no matter their origins, they are tasty.
This fried cornmeal fritter recipe is a perfect snack and appetizer for the whole family. A tasty appetizer that you can prepare with only a few ingredients. You don’t need to spend a lot of time creating this crispy fried recipe. This southern-style snack is exceptional and a real crowd-pleaser for all ages.
Always make sure to preheat the oil that you are using. A candy thermometer will help in determining if the oil is hot enough. It should be at 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can add cubes of cold butter to the dough. This will release pockets of moisture into the crispy fried fritters while they cook. It creates a perfect bite and moist cornmeal balls.
Spray the dough balls with cooking spray, this will make the dropping much easier because they will be less sticky. Peanut oil, canola oil, and other high-temperature oils will work well with this recipe. Refrain from using olive oil and other cold-pressed oils as they will taste rancid when you cook at high temperatures.
Make sure to open a bottle of chilled sparkling wine to pair with this fritters recipe. Check these food and wine pairing suggestions:
- Cremant d’Alsace
You can dip these delicious cheesy cornmeal with a Creamy Pepper Sauce with Papaya.