Originally, the hush puppy is thought to come from Georgia or Mississippi. Thought to have started as a mixture of hash and batter called “hash puppy” is one theory. Others say some fishermen were sitting by their campfire after dining on fried fish when their huntin’ dawgs started to whine. The men fried some cornbread batter int he skillet they had used for frying the fish and tossed it to the dogs. “Hush puppies,” the men said. Did they put chopped onion in the batter? History, even gossip is silent on that point.
TIP: Use a small ice-cream scoop to easily drop the batter into the hot oil.