Let’s Make Blue Bayou’s Hushpuppies!

This week’s Saturday Treats recipe has you and me dipping into a attempted and legitimate recipe reflecting Southern aptitude and preferences. D23, in honor of Black Background Month, re-unveiled the recipe for Blue Bayou’s Hushpuppies, and I really do not know about you, but people incredible minor matters were being specifically what I necessary this 7 days.

My favored hushpuppies hail from Lee’s Inlet Kitchen area in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. It is a excellent tiny location that receives super occupied in the evening, so the previously you get there, the greater. If you have a possibility to halt by, you should have a hushpuppy and a plate of fried shrimp for me. Yummmm.

Hushpuppies are magical tiny deep-fried concoctions of cornmeal and flour, and in Blue Bayou’s scenario, shallots, crumbled bacon, and sweet corn. And, luckily, they’re effortlessly thrown alongside one another and fried up. Right before you know it, you have some thing beautifully warm and comforting that will elevate any food. Or any weekend afternoon snacktime.

When things wrapped up with the Galactic Starcruiser Media Voyage on Wednesday, I scarfed down a salad at Contempo Café and designed a beeline for my grocery keep. I needed to acquire a shallot, and even though I experienced looked up shallots and what accurately a single was intended to do with them on the internets, I was not 100% certain the place I would come across them and I even now was not 100% confident what to do as soon as I was in possession of one.

Luckily, I identified the shallots in and amongst the veggies, and picked one particular that seemed like it could possibly render a tablespoon or so diced. The shallot was even larger than I predicted it to be, so I figured it would do.

The way to put together a shallot is to make a lengthwise cut down the aspect to start off with. Carrying out so will make having the skin off of the shallot just a bit less difficult. You then make a slice lengthwise without slicing all the way by way of the stop of the shallot. You can then make vertical cuts into the shallot and then go throughout the other way to dice it. It turns out that my shallot was the fantastic dimensions, and I had just the amount of money I necessary. Whew!

I determined to go in advance and chop up the relaxation of the things that we essential and get every little thing ready à la mis en put. If you’ve been hanging out listed here at Saturday Snacks for any size of time, you know this is not my normal manner d’emploi. But I took a couple minutes and washed the parsley and chopped 1 1/2 teaspoons and positioned it in its have ramekin and fried up 1 heaping tablespoon of finely chopped bacon.

I was this close to buying pre-cooked bacon (no disgrace in that), but made a decision at the previous minute to go ahead and just obtain a typical pack of bacon and fry it up. Number of issues delight me as substantially as freshly cooked bacon, so I figured I’d go that route for the recipe. And now I will need to just take a split from producing this ‘cause I just remembered that there’s half a deal of bacon in the fridge ready to be fried and gobbled up. Be sure to hold.

(Insert bacon ingesting listed here.) The recipe also calls for 3 tablespoons of white sweet corn. Somewhat than stressing above working with new corn, I purchased a compact can of white shoepeg corn and named it superior sufficient. And you know what? It worked properly!

Although I was at the retailer, I picked up a bottle of corn oil since that is what the recipe calls for and it’s just not ever a type of oil that I have on hand. You and I will have to have 4 cups for the recipe, even though for the dimension of pot that I applied, I finished up needing all 5 cups.

This is a different excellent recipe where the massive the vast majority of the components get dumped into a person large bowl and mixed. It is like the Disney chefs know that we just do not have a full good deal of time or persistence or, truly, brain cells by the time the weekend rolls about. Just permit us dump all the factors into a bowl and blend ‘em up and we’ll be content, mmmkay?

In my substantial bowl I put together 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of yellow cornmeal, my 1 tablespoon of ultimately diced shallot, 1 heaping tablespoon of chopped bacon, 1 1/2 teaspoons of eventually chopped parsley, 3 heaping tablespoons of white shoepeg corn, 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and a half teaspoon of black pepper.

These hushpuppies are heading to be a little sweet and a bit savory and oh so delicious. You will know it as quickly as you start mixing up all of those dry components. These are extravagant hushpuppies. And they are likely to be amazing.

This was appropriate about the time when I made a decision to go in advance and commence heating up the oil. My thermometer mentioned that I want it to be close to 360° or so in order to fry the hushpuppies, so I figured I experienced a good deal of time. Properly, long story limited, my oil obtained way far too incredibly hot way far too quick and I ended up needing to pull it off of the warmth and it took all of 12 minutes to neat down to the point where I could start off dropping dough in the oil. Yikes. Study from my miscalculation: preserve an eye on that oil.

Creating items even even worse, as soon as we set the egg and 3/4 cup of milk into the dry ingredients and combine them all together, the recipe tells us that we have only acquired 15 minutes to be in a position to use that batter/dough. The clock was ticking. Fortunately, the oil obtained to the right temp just in time.

The recipe also tells us that we can use 2 teaspoons in purchase to variety small hushpuppies the measurement of an olive. I really do not know about you, but the hush puppies that I have experienced are pretty even larger than the dimensions of an olive. And I desired fried food this 7 days, so I designed them the size that I needed them to be. I grabbed my tablespoon-sized cookie scoop and begun scooping away.

Just one at a time, I scooped up a little bit of the amazing-smelling hushpuppy dough and dropped it into the sizzling oil.

Just after three or 4 minutes, the most beautiful golden brown hushpuppies emerged. I pulled them out of the oil applying a strainer and let them drain on a plate coated with a paper towel. 1 scoop at a time, I dropped dough into the oil. And magic came out.

BEHOLD that plate of goodness. To say that I was happy is an understatement. I little bit into the initial hushpuppy and it was a sensory expertise. It pulled me back to eating all of people amazing foods at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen area and it tasted accurately as I hoped it would. Heat, flavorful, and so very good.

And I before long as I bit into my very first hushpuppy, I wished shrimp. My hubby pointed out that we experienced a bag of raw shrimp in the freezer, and just before you know it, we had been possessing shrimp and hushpuppies. And it was just the greatest.

I also needed honey butter, so I mixed a little bit of softened butter with a little bit of honey, et voila! I was so exceptionally satisfied.

Recipes like these are lovingly crafted and handed down more than time. And they’re also through lines linking families, communities, and cultures. There is historical past in individuals hushpuppies, and it’s not just Disneyland background. I’m thankful for all those who developed the recipe, and for people who have handed down their possess beloved recipes over the yrs.

Might this weekend be a good one particular for you and yours. And may possibly you savor something delightfully mouth watering alongside the way.

I’ll be getting an early Spring Break time out upcoming weekend, so the subsequent Saturday Snacks write-up will seem on March 12th. We’re getting dangerously close to the 100th Saturday Snacks recipe, and I never know about you, but I believe we need to have to do some thing pleasurable on that significant unique working day. Hmmmmm…

Thanks so a great deal for looking through!

All set to try your hand at generating Blue Bayou’s Hushpuppies? You have got this! The recipe is under:

Blue Bayou’s Hushpuppies

Appreciate this recipe for Hushpuppies from Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square at Disneyland. They’re so delicious, you’ll savor these crispy little bites in beautiful silence.

Will make 2 1/2 dozen

1 cup flour
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon finely diced shallot
1 heaping tablespoon cooked and finely chopped bacon
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
3 heaping tablespoons white sweet corn
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
4 cups corn oil or shortening

  1. In a significant mixing bowl, combine all components other than the egg, milk, and oil.
  2. In a individual bowl, mix jointly egg and milk. Heat the oil.
  3. Include the dry elements to the egg-and-milk mixture. Do not permit the batter sit more time than 15 minutes.
  4. Use two teaspoons and diligently spoon a ball about the size of a massive olive into the warm oil. Fry 3 to 4 minutes.