Texas Pete® Hush Puppies w/ Cheddar Cheese & Bacon

  • YIELD: 3 dozen 2″ hush puppies
  • PORTION: 5 hush puppies
  • INGREDIENTS:
  • For frying Peanut, grapeseed or canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cups White cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Texas Pete® Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup Texas Pete® Medium Salsa, drained, pulsed in food processor
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, thick shred
  • 1/2 cup Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • To taste Kosher salt for finishing
  • PREPARATION:
  • 1. Preheat fryer to 350 degrees or pour 4 inches of oil into a deep, heavy pot. Clip a candy thermometer on the side of the pot and bring to 350 degrees over medium-high heat.
  • 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper and baking powder. Set aside.
  • 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, garlic, Texas Pete® Hot Sauce and Texas Pete® Medium Salsa. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  • 4. Add cheese and bacon. Mix until just combined.
  • 5. Using 2 tablespoons or a #30 scoop, carefully drop balls of batter into fryer. Fry for about 4 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through.
  • 6. Transfer to paper towel lined sheet tray and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately.

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