WOSB-TB Dixie Delight Catfish Nuggets & Gibsonton Hush Puppies

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Cooking It Old School at the WOSB-TB Studios in Gibsonton, Florida

 Southern “Hush Puppies” are fried balls of corn that are usually served as a side dish with fish.

The true origin & reason for the name”Hush Puppy” is & will always be a Southern mystery.  Is it an old wife’s tails out or an out lie from every state south of the Mason Dixon Line.

I will tell you the real story on the “Hush Puppy” from the Old School Archives of Florida History.  Just down the river from where Old School Bill lives today his grandfather Elementary School Bill caught what would be an astronomical amount of fish by today’s standards.  As was the practice in those days the fish were cleaned & cooked in the Outside Kitchen close to the river.  Fresh fried fish has a taste that is far superior to “store bought fish”.   Grandma Old School was about to drop the corn bread into the pan to put into the wood fired Buck Cooking Stove.  The fish cooker was on the top of the buck filled with the boiling lard that everyone in Gibsonton used at this time.  Grandma who was a big St Louis Cardinals baseball fan she liked Dizzy Deen.   She having small hands made a very little ball of dough to throw at Elementary who was about to drop the 1st snook fillet into the cooker.  As she threw he ducked the dough ball hit & landed in the cooker without Elementary even noticing, trying to keep from laughing she threw again he ducked the  count was now 2 & 0.  Last chance this one bounced of Elementary head into the pot, he was not amused grabbed the tongs, got the molten dough ball & flung them in the general direction of barking dogs who were quite until Grandma started her hysterical laughing.  The dogs took a sniff & started wolfing down the little dough balls.  With tears rolling down her cheeks Grandma hollered you made the puppies hush, Hush Puppies Hush Puppies.   This story is historical accurate except for the parts as we say in the South that AIN’T!

The Simple Hush Puppy *
2 cups corn meal
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sweet milk
1/2 cup water
1 large onion, chopped fine
“The Old School Gibsonton Hush Puppy.”  *
2 cups corn meal
1egg
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sweet milk
1/2 cup water
1 large onion, chopped fine
Form into ping pong ball size

Drop in hot peanut oil the fish has been cooked in till golden brown
“Old School Dixie CatFish Nugget Delight”  *
CatFish Nuggets
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup buttermilk (can use regular milk)
½ full sauce pan of peanut oil
 
On a flat dish, mix together the cornmeal, paprika, salt and pepper. Place the buttermilk in a large shallow bowl. Dredge the fillets first in the milk, then in the cornmeal mixture, shaking lightly to remove excess. Place on a rack. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. (The refrigeration step may be omitted, but I believe chilling helps ensure that the coating will stick to the fish during frying.) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook till done you will be able to tell.

Coming Soon to WOSB-TB  Hoppin John Made Easy for  debilyn from Charleston, South Carolina.

*The Secret Ingredient or Ingredients may or may not be included in this WOSB-TB Foods Found Only in the South Receipt.

hummingbird50 says:
Hush puppies...grits...holy Bill...thanks for all the lessons..now I need to go practice:)
Posted on: Jan 26, 2009
highway_chile says:
...and hushpuppies go great with the grit
Posted on: Jan 23, 2009
hummingbird50 says:
OMB thanks Bill....I am going to try that see if it keeps the dog quiet for a while..plus me hee....hee..
Sounds tummy that down south cooking....
Still at work will come back later
Thanks Bill

Posted on: Jan 23, 2009
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