From Chapter 27 of The House of Roses|
HOWLING HUSH PUPPIES
OK - this may be a bit out of order, 'cuz the Puppies need to be cooked first - before you fry the fish. The modern day reason is due to the fact that they will hold their heat better than the fish. So having them sit around for a bit is just fine. Southern folklore says that back in the day when hunters were cooking at camp, they'd fry a few up to keep the hound dogs quiet 'till dinner was done. This actually translates well now-a-days. Snacking on a few will keep the cook happy while he works. And don't forget to get him an ice cold beer too!
- 1 Cup Corn Meal
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ Tablespoon Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- ½ Cup All Purpose Flour
- 3 Tablespoons Chopped Onion
- 2 Tablespoons Chopped Red Bell Pepper
- 1 Egg Beaten
- 1 Cup Buttermilk
As for the actual recipe - it's fairly easy. Mix all of the dry ingredients, add the egg and buttermilk beaten together and follow that with the chopped vegetables. Beat all ingredients with a fork until well mixed. Drop small spoonfuls into the hot oil (as described in the fried fish recipe) and cook until done. Yep - same thing goes here - they're done when they float in the oil. Drain on a paper towel and serve when the rest of supper's ready.
The trick with this recipe is the red bell pepper. And RED is definitely the best. Most everyone adds onion, but the pepper adds a great flavor and using a red one makes that flavor sweet.
Take it from me and keep an eye on your guests when you're fryin' the fish - otherwise the Pups will be gone before you know it. Josie taught me that one!
MAC-N-CHEESE CURDLED BUT GOOD
Ingredients:This is the one that Josie absolutely loves - and is of course another diet buster. Once again Ladies, ignore the calories and enjoy this one - it is well worth it!
- 2 Cups Dry Elbow Macaroni
- 1 Stick Butter
- 3 Cups Milk
- 4 Eggs Beaten
- 2 Cups Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Cook the elbows according to package instructions, drain and add the stick of butter. Once that melts into the noodles, add the milk, eggs and cheese. Stir thoroughly and poor into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Supremely easy, but unbelievably good. All those eggs result in bubbling goodness that makes you think you've died and gone to heaven. (And if you eat too many batches of this stuff - that just might happen!)
Feel free to tinker a bit with the cheese part if you feel like it. Swiss is great with this recipe although it definitely takes it away from its southern roots. And, if you're in a southwest mood, try pepper jack cheese to add a bit of spice. Occasionally I've even tried good old Velveeta - which make this a real favorite of the kids.