Crunchy, fluffy, flavorful hush puppies!
Hey friends! Today I’m bringing you a delicious Southern style hush puppy recipe, studded with sweet corn kernels, that can easily make a meal in and of itself. Okay, that isn’t the best course of action. I mean, of course you should add in some Dutch Oven Smokehouse Chicken and Miss Millie’s Best Coleslaw. But I don’t know of any Southerner who hasn’t been to a good bbq restaurant, had a basket of hush puppies put in front of them, and chowed down until they were about to bust at the seams – before their actual meal even made it to the table. These crunchy balls of cornbread deliciousness are made even more so with the addition of corn and chopped green onions. Better still, you don’t even need an egg or milk to make this recipe!
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It was the day before Mother’s day but also a few hours before my daughter’s play at a local theater and so I found myself in the floral section of our local “fancy” grocery store. As I looked for the perfect bouquet, I heard a tiny voice to my right “Dis one! She’ll wuv dis!”. I looked up with a smile to see a precious little girl, around the age of three, holding her daddy’s hand as he pulled out the flowers his daughter had chosen.
“Perfect. Okay now, what else should we get her? Can you think of something else Mama would like?” She beamed up at him with the biggest grin and wide eyes as she replied “YES! Mac and Cheese!”. I chuckled silently, as a mom, knowing full well that she had thought of her favorite thing and therefore wanted to gift it to her mother. My heart smiled as the daddy had the good sense to see this as well and immediately agreed to head to the Mac and cheese aisle for this “perfect” addition to her Mama’s gift.
I imagine that Mama is about as tired of Mac and cheese as we all are by the time they reach that age – but at the same time I know she will see right through it to her daughter’s big loving heart and enjoy every blessed bite like never before.
So often it’s like that with the people we love. We have a way that we feel loved and it differs from the way someone shows love and we end up with a wounded heart where no wound was intentionally inflicted. Maybe they don’t hug, hold hands, or say those three words. Maybe to them doing little things to care for a person is showing love – and carries more weight than words. Maybe they didn’t have a lot of physical affection as a child and it feels foreign to them. Many of us, each of us I’d venture, have gone through a lot of hurt and feeling unloved in our lives because we didn’t understand that people can’t always love us how we want to be loved, but they sometimes love us the best way they can.
Maybe our favorite meal is filet mignon but they bring us mac and cheese because that is what they love and they want us to have the joy they feel.
And therein lies the lesson. Often, people don’t love us in the love language we speak – but in their own love language. The heart that loves in return learns to translate. 🙂
- 2 cups self rising corn meal mix
- 2 tablespoons self rising flour
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 15 ounce can cream style corn, liquid and all
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 2-3 green onions, chopped
- Place corn meal mix, flour, onion powder, and black pepper in a medium sized mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add entire can of corn, milk, and onions. Stir until well combined.
- In medium sauce pot, heat two inches of oil over medium high heat. When you drop a pinch of flour in the oil and it sizzles you'll know oil is ready.
- Carefully drop spoonfuls of hushpuppy batter into the oil and allow to cook, turning as needed, until fully browned on both sides. Remove to paper towel lined plate and repeat until all batter is used.
Note: This post is not about abusive relationships but healthy relationships where two people simply have different ways of communicating their feelings.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love.