Hello, friends. I will preface by stating that I saw the new Bond movie, Spectre, a few days ago. I am inspired. You’re getting the best of me tonight. 🙂
Ok. So for starters my mom bought me this book a few years back:
The Congressional Club Cook Book is a compilation of recipes given by the wives of members of Congress in 1961. Pretty great, right? Anyway, I have been looking through it lately, thinking that I need to try something out of it, but I haven’t been able to decide what.
Thursday is the day after I finish teaching fiddle lessons for the week. It’s sort of my Saturday. So, tonight I was hanging at home watching Gilmore Girls and sipping a vodka martini very contently when the dinner hour snuck up on me. Given the martini, I was hungry for something a little heavy and salty and yummy. My knack for somewhat healthy snacks was overridden – probably by the vodka.
So looking for something to satisfy my craving, I opened the Congressional Club Cook Book to a random page. And this is the page it fell to:
Oh man. I have never made hush puppies before…well, not ’til this day, at least…but I really like them when they’re on the menu. So, I decided I’d give it a go! Oh man. (Did I say that already?) Oh man. Get. Ready. To. Live.
Here is Mrs. Eugene Siler’s recipe for hush puppies, halved, of course, since I was only making them for myself.
Mrs. Eugene Siler’s Hush Puppies
makes 8 large hush puppies (enough for 2 meals for one person.)
1 cup yellow corn meal
1/2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk (or 1/3 c. half and half with water to fill to 1/2 c., and 1 tsp vinegar)
3 large green onions
1/2 beaten egg
Stir together cornmeal, flour, salt, soda, and baking powder.
Whisk together vinegar and half and half (with a bit of water) to make your “buttermilk”...or just add buttermilk. (I never have buttermilk on hand, but I always have half and half -for my coffee- and vinegar.)
Slice your onions, and add the wet ingredients and the onions to the mixed dry ingredients.
Pour some vegetable oil into a cast iron pan and heat it up.
Mix some mayo and sriracha together for a dipping sauce! About 3 Tbsp mayo and 1 tsp sriracha.
They might not be perfectly round, but they are just as tasty! Plate a few up, and pour yourself another martini. 😉
Get ready for a perfect fried food and martini match, and a lovely solo dinner for a Gilmore Girls night. They were so good. You should make them.
Cheers to your next solo night! Or girls night. Or party night, really. Live, laugh and enjoy it all!
Happy Friday, folks!