I was trying to come up with a great bite for the Super Bowl and I toyed with the idea of doing a stuffed pretzel, I was all ready to make pretzels using lye, but decided I needed something a little more approachable. I wanted something quick to make and easy to eat. I rummaged through my fridge and pantry and came up with hush puppies, or fried cornbread balls. There is one thing you do need to be careful about on this, make sure your oil is not too hot. If the oil is too hot, the outside of the hush puppies will burn before the inside cooks and the cheese melts. I know I have been leaning on cheddar and jalapeno lately, but for the Super Bowl it seemed appropriate.
A great snack with some southern influence. These are excellent finger food for your next party. Just make sure to fry these over low heat so the inside cooks and the cheese melts before the outside burns.
- 1 Cup Yellow Corn Meal
- 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 tbsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 Jalapeno Seeded and Chopped Finely
- 1 Large Egg Beaten
- 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
- Vegetable Oil For deep frying
- 8 oz Cheddar Cheese Cut into 1/4" dice
Take the cheese out of the fridge to start warming it up. If it is too cold it will not melt before the hush puppies finish cooking.
Combine the corn meal, flour, baking powder, salt and jalapenos in a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.
In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and buttermilk.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, and and stir until the batter just comes together. It should be the texture of wet sand. If it looks a bit dry, add some more buttermilk, and if it looks too wet, add some more cornmeal.
Fill a heavy pot or dutch oven 3/4 of the way up the side with vegetable oil and place over low heat.
Form balls with the using about a tablespoon of batter, placing a cube of cheese in the middle, and fry until golden.
For something sweet (and a little healthy) check out Rachel’s Super Bowl treat: Healthy Superbowl Snack & Almond Butter Snickerdoodle Cookies