The 68th Golden Globe Awards took place tonight in Los Angeles – which meant a bunch of us were gathered on the couch to watch Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Annette Bening, Claire Danes, Steve Buscemi, Al Pacino and the cast of Glee receive their awards. (Check out the full list of Golden Globe winners for 2011 and this year’s nominees here.)
Of course we needed something to nibble on. Pondering what might be suitable on this chilly (-20), snowy day, I settled on mugs of smooth, sippable soup, and a pile of our own homemade Golden Globes – the hush puppies a friend brought to a Southern barbecue we held over the summer and I’ve been dreaming of since.
Hush puppies are round, crispy, golden corn fritters; finger food with strong ties to the American South. There and elsewhere, hush puppies are commonly served alongside fried fish or chicken. The batter is easy to stir together using cornmeal, flour, milk and egg – you could add actual corn kernels as well, if you like – and fried in canola or peanut oil until golden.
Around here, we serve our corn fritters with liquid honey or maple syrup for dipping.
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp. sugar (white or brown)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
canola oil for frying
Stir together the milk, eggs and sugar; whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt, add to the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
In a large, wide pot, heat about 2 inches of oil until hot but not smoking – a small chunk of fresh bread should sizzle instantly and turn golden in about 30 seconds. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls into the oil and cook – without crowding – until golden. Transfer to paper towels to drain, and serve warm.
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