Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hush Puppies Done Right

Hush Puppies... they are those gooey, yummy, melt in your mouth treat that usually are fried in oil, saturated with fat, but so delicious that we go for seconds anyway.

Can you all relate? Please tell me I'm not alone in this....

Okay, Good. Well, the deal is. I can't stand the fact that I have to feel bad about loving them. It's not like they are that wild biker guy I fell for in high school or the 'cool' kid I lusted after who never knew I existed. I didn't want yummy Hush Puppies to be in that same category.
Nope the difference with these little bites of yummyness is that I CAN change them. Unlike men, I can make these a little more forgiving and still remain sinfully delicious. 

Intrigued yet?


Here are the tricks to making this delicious, yet not quite as bad for us as those men we never brought home...

1. We start b pry baking cornbread. Prepare the cornbread by omitting the oil and using the same amount of non-fat plain yogurt. Bake according to package directions.

2.  Once the cornbread comes out of the oven we crumble it and instead of using another egg we use the moistness of the roasted red pepper to bind the hush puppies together. It adds a ton of flavor without the fat!

3. And finally we don't fry them we bake them

And they turn out crispy on the outside, yet still moist and spicy on the inside! Perfection! And they go great with the Seafood Cakes and Remoulade Sauce!

Here's the recipe for you to try... get to it!

Hush Puppies
2 cups prepared cornbread; crumbled
1 tsp. Chili Powder
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp. Parsley
1/4 cup Roasted Red Pepper; minced
1 tbsp. Milled Flax Seed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Crumble the cornbread in a large bowl using your fingers. Really get in there!
3. Then add the chili powder, garlic powder, parsley, and milled flax seed. 
4. Mince the roasted red pepper and add to the bowl. Combine using a spatula until the breadcrumbs are moist and the seasonings are distributed.
5. Using your hands make 14 small balls out of the batter and place on a greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 25 minutes. 

Servings: 14 (one hush puppy)

Nutritional Skinny:

40 calories / 1.2 g fat / 12 g carbohydrates / .5 g fiber / 2 g protein

Mental Health Tip: My whole family was a little shocked when I popped these little beauties in the oven instead of frying them. But not wanting to interfere they didn't say anything. And let me tell you this was a perfect technique. They turned out crispy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. Just perfect! You can do this when you usually fry chicken, donuts, or anything. You just want the oven good and hot and you only need them in there for a short while. Long enough to sip some wine and take a deep breathe and appreciate you for who you are. 

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