Hush Puppies

Give the Southern classic a Middle Eastern spin with a sumac-labneh spread
52 Ratings
67% would make again
Simple Hush Puppies Recipe with Cornmeal and Buttermilk Recipe
Photo: Jessica Attie

John and Elise Russ created an inventive Southern-inspired menu for their San Antonio restaurant, Clementine, which opened earlier this year to rave reviews. There are many reasons for that—the restaurant's bright, airy space; approachable, unpretentious food; a varied yet intentional wine list—but their take on hush puppies alone would be enough cause for celebration.

Note that the coffee and sumac will darken the color of the labneh spread after a day or so, and that you can store it in the refrigerator for a few days to use as a sandwich spread or to garnish a grain bowl. 

Learn more about Clementine here, then master more Southern recipes.

Hush Puppies

Recipe adapted from John Russ, Clementine, San Antonio, TX

Yield: Around 2 dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


For the Labneh Spread:

2 cups labneh

3 tablespoons minced parsley

3 tablespoons minced mint

3 tablespoons minced dill

1 tablespoon minced jalapeño, habanero or Thai bird chiles

1 tablespoon sumac

1 teaspoon coffee grinds

Zest of 2 lemons

Salt, to taste 

For the Hush Puppies:

8 cups oil (such as peanut), for frying

1 cup cornmeal

½ cup chickpea flour

1 cup cooked split chickpeas (or roughly chopped canned chickpeas)

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to season

1 tablespoon sambal

1 small onion, minced

3 green onions, sliced thin

1 egg

½ cup buttermilk, more if needed

Honey, to serve


1. Make the labneh spread: In a large bowl, combine all the labneh ingredients and season with salt. Meanwhile, heat a pot of oil to 350°.

2. Make the hush puppies: In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, chickpea flour, cooked chickpeas, sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, sambal and onions. In a separate bowl, combine the egg and buttermilk.

3. Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and form into balls. Fry until golden brown, around 3 minutes. Place on a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Repeat until all the batter is used.

4. To serve, spread about 2 tablespoons of labneh on a plate, top with a mound of hush puppies and drizzle with honey.


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