Texas Pete® Hush Puppies w/ Cheddar Cheese & Bacon
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INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 15
  • Servings: 10
  • Preparation Time: 5
  • • 2 tbsp Texas Pete® Hot Sauce
  • • 1 cup Green Mountain Gringo® Medium Salsa, drained, pulsed in food processor
  • • Peanut, grapeseed or canola oil for frying
  • • 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
  • • 1 cup cheddar cheese, thick shred
  • • 1/2 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • • To taste kosher salt for finishing
DIRECTIONS
  1. 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. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, garlic, Texas Pete® Hot Sauce and Green Mountain Gringo® Medium Salsa. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  4. 4. Add cheese and bacon. Mix until just combined.
  5. 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. 6. Transfer to paper towel lined sheet tray and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately
RECIPE BACKSTORY
This is the perfect side dish to heat up any meal!