Spicy Hush Puppies with Shrimp,Jalapenos and Chipotle Sour Cream

April 25, 2012
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I am such a sucker for hushpuppies! —LE BEC FIN

  • Makes about 20
  • 1/2 cup minced onion ( or shallot)
  • 2-3 large jalapenos, frozen*, or less of fresh,seeded and minced
  • ¼ cups minced scallion, green and white parts
  • 2 tablespoons hot melted bacon fat
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4-1/2 pounds shrimp,frozen, shell-on; defrosted, shelled and chopped
  • 2 cups cornmeal, Indian Head or stoneground fine cornmeal,
  • 6 tablespoons Powdered buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon AP flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt or smoked salt
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons hot melted bacon fat
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Cayenne to taste
In This Recipe
  1. Sautee shallot through garlic in hot bacon fat over medium hot heat til translucent but not browned(3-5 minutes). Add shrimp and saute a few minutes til just barely opaque.Cool and chop roughly.
  2. Combine cornmeal through salt. Pour boiling water over dry ingredients and stir well.Add hot bacon fat.Add egg. Add more cornmeal if needed to get thick batter ( not runny.) Taste; add salt and more jalapeno or cayenne to taste.
  3. Heat canola oil to 375 degrees. Using 2 soupspoons or tablespoons, scoop about ¼ c. of batter. Holding it above the oil, scoop it out quickly into the oil w/ second spoon. Repeat to fill pan, leaving some space between hushpuppies.Do not crowd them. Fry 4-5 minutes til medium brown, drain on double paper towels over newspapers . Salt generously. Keep warm . Serve w/ soft unsalted butter and/or Chipotle Sour Cream
  4. Chipotle Sour Cream: 3/4 cup Sour cream (no liquid), 1/4 Plain Yoghurt (not 'No Fat'), 2+ teaspoons pureed Chipotles in Adobo (without seeds;San Marcos brand recommended, not La Morena which needs seeding -ugh); 2 teaspoons frozen Orange Juice concentrate; 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic; 1 teaspoon lemon juice; pinch of kosher salt. Combine all in a bowl. Refrigerate at least a few hours for flavors to blend.
  5. Note: * Wrapped in plastic, jalapenos stay potent in the freezer for years! **These don’t do very well reheated, probably because they are almost 100% cornmeal.( Those lighter hushpuppies made with more flour- reheat fairly well.) Best served within an hour or 2 of frying.

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