Corn Fritters, AKA Hush Puppies
Friend and fellow food blogger,
has been giving me some suggestions
on what to do with the remaining ham
from our Annual Eight Days of Ham.
This year we received a larger ham than usual,
so I have been scrambling to come up with ideas
to use the ham.
Oh, and Rosie?
You might be interested in what I made this time.
Rosie got a recipe from an Internet friend and decided
to do her own little twist on things.
I, of course, then put my own spin on things.
The players are:
1-1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup oil
1 cup milk or buttermilk*
pinch black pepper
1/2 cup corn
1/2 minced Serrano chile
1/4 cup minced onion
3/4 cup finely diced ham
*Once again I am substituting Half and Half for the milk.
I beat the eggs into the milk and oil mixture before
adding that to the dry ingredients.
Happily, this was the remainder of the sliced ham.
As my family is not fond of too much heat in their foods,
I only used half the Serrano chile and I removed the
seeds and the membrane as that is where much of the
heat is in a chile.
The batter is ready for the fryer.
I heated the oil to 350 degrees and got ready for the
test hush puppy.
a hush puppy that had an ooey-gooey center of cheese,
but she didn't know how to do it.
I had an idea.
We cut cubes of cheese, about 1 centimeter square,
and after scooping out the batter for each hush puppy,
we pushed the cheese into the center of the batter.
about the time they rise to the surface of the oil
is when they are ready to be turned.
Now let's see if my idea worked.
By the way, these are good, but even my husband
thought that a bolder cheese, such as Pepper Jack,
would have been better in these.
We will be making these again.
Thanks Rosie and Zzzadig!