How Southern can you get? Hushpuppies are traditional with a fish fry but also go well with turnip greens and black eyed peas. This very easy recipe makes hushpuppies with a very crunchy crust and soft crumbly insides. Be sure to serve them hot while they have that good crunchy crust.
The only step that requires any skill is the final batter consistency...and even that is not difficult. Just add milk or cornmeal as needed to end with a batter, as the recipes says, that holds together as a ball in your hand without being soupy wet or falling apart dry.
Most people are aware of the various tales of how hushpuppies got their name but the most popular seems to be when people of the South years ago made fried cornbread in the shape of balls and their dogs would howl, begging for a taste. The story goes that the cook would throw a little cornbread to the dogs and yell, "hush puppy".
True or not, it's a cute story. Finally, the spelling may be seen as "hush puppy" or "hushpuppy"...one word or two. Most Southerner's tend to spell it as one word, as we do here. Our belief is that either is acceptable.