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A Word On Food: Hush Puppies

Soothe the Savage Curs


Norman & Janet Van Aken

Yield: Approximately  20

2 Cups plus 2 Tablespoons stone ground yellow cornmeal

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 Cups buttermilk

1 egg

1 teaspoon Escabeche Rub

Oil for Frying

Combine the cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda in a medium bowl.

Whisk the buttermilk and egg in another bowl.

Now add the wet to the dry ingredients, whisking until just combined. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes or so.

Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed deep pan to 340 degrees.

Spoon the batter and form an ‘oval’ soup spoon using two spoons carefully into the hot oil.

Allow to cook about 90 seconds to 2 minutes, carefully turning the ‘puppies’ over once or twice to cook evenly.

When they are golden lift them out and drain on absorbent toweling.

Now roll the warm ‘puppies’ in the Escabeche Spice mix.

Place on a cookie rack and keep warm until ready to serve.


Norman Van Aken has been described as legendary, visionary and a trailblazer. He is known as “the founding father of New World Cuisine,” a celebration of Latin, Caribbean, Asian, African and American flavors. He is also known internationally for introducing the concept of “Fusion” to the culinary world.