by Gary's Duck Inn - Orlando

Image This is the original recipe from the long standing (1945-1994) Duck Inn in Orlando.
These savory side dishes are often served with Fried Fish or Fried Chicken.
Serves: 4 people. Preparation time: 45 minutes.

Preheat your vegetable oil in the fryer to 375-400 degrees.

Sift the corn meal, flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the butter, onion and onion juice to the dry ingredients. Add the beaten egg. Add milk (more or less) slowly to make a soft dough.

Form golf ball sized dough balls and carefully drop a few into the hot oil and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden brown. Let cool on towel paper. Buttermilk and scallions are often substituted. Related items include Corn Fritters and Johnnycakes.

"Hush! Puppy." - The name is often attributed to Southern cooks that were preparing breaded fish dishes with cornmeal coatings. Their dogs would bark with the prevailing fish aroma and the cook would fry up some extra batter and toss it to their dogs, saying "Hush Puppy!". Before long the fried dough became a side dish for humans too. Cornmeal dates back to before the Civil War. In Puerto Rico, these are made with sugar instead of onion; they're formed in the shape of small sausages and are called "sorullitos".

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