This recipe for pan fried hush puppies is a great option if you don’t want to get out the deep fryer. Hush puppies are a Southern tradition best served with your favorite fish dish. The onions give these little parcels of cornbread a wonderful flavor.
These hush puppies will be flatter than the deep-fried version but they taste just as good. Serve warm with fish or chicken and salad.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Storing Hush Puppies
Store leftover hush puppies covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. Warm them up in the microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds. Just warmed hush puppies will be soft however if you leave them in the microwave too long they will be hard and inedible.
Hush puppies can also be frozen either in a sealed freezer safe container or freezer bags. They can be placed straight in the microwave then heated on high in 20 second bursts until just heated through.
It is believed that the name hush puppies came about when hunters or fishermen in North America would mix together a basic cornmeal breading then feed to their dogs to “hush the puppies” when they were frying up fish or cooking outside.
Hush puppies are a fried dough consisting of yellow cornmeal and onions. Corn fritters are a pan fried batter made from corn kernels, creamed corn and flour.
Gluten and Dairy Free Options
For gluten free; replace the flour with a gluten free plain flour blend and use gluten free baking powder. Check the corn meal for gluten as some companies may add flour or it may be processed in a facility which also processes flour. For dairy free; replace the milk with either lactose free milk, oat milk or water.
Save money by buying yellow cornmeal or polenta in bulk packs when you see it on special. Store for up to 2 years in a cool, dry and dark place such as your pantry. Once opened store cornmeal in airtight containers such as recycled glass jars with tight fitting lids. Off cornmeal will have a sour smell. This value 5 pound bag of certified organic cornmeal is highly rated on Amazon. (Paid link)
Consider buying oil in bulk. Sunflower oil will store for 2 years unopened and up to 1 year once opened when stored in a cool, dry place away from direct light. For ease of use put the oil in reusable oil dispensers such as this glass dispenser with stainless steel spouts and funnel. (Paid link)
Onions are easy to grow from seed in the home garden. Consider planting a few seeds every few weeks for continuous picking however they do store well if you have the room. See this guide to Growing Onions from Seed for more information.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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