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Hush puppies with a beignet treatment
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We're not the kind to pass up a beignet. So when Ford Fry offered us the recipe for "beignet style" hush puppies from his new Atlanta restaurant, The Optimist, we were fully at attention. Fry makes them with a corn triple threat of fresh kernels, cornmeal and corn flour, then dusts them with another level of sweetness: confectioners' sugar. Though they are traditionally a side dish, Fry suggests snacking on them alongside a Salty Dog for a full-circle canine experience—no begging required.

Fresh Corn Hush Puppies

Recipe adapted from Ford Fry, The Optimist, Atlanta, GA

Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Cook Time: 50 minutes


2 large ears of corn, kernels cut off and ear discarded (about 2 cups)

¾ cup whole milk

2½ tablespoons unsalted butter

1½ cups bread flour

3 large eggs

⅔ cup cornmeal

1 tablespoon corn flour

1 tablespoon granulated sugar 

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 medium scallion, finely chopped

1½ tablespoons finely chopped parsley

3 cups vegetable oil

Confectioners' sugar


1. In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the corn kernels, whole milk and butter to a boil.

2. Whisk in the bread flour and, mixing constantly, add the eggs one at a time. Whisk in the cornmeal, corn flour, sugar and salt, then stir in the scallion and parsley.

3. In a large saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the oil to 360°. Use a tablespoon to measure out 1 tablespoon of the hush-puppies mixture; fry in batches, about 10 tablespoons at a time, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Use a frying spider or slotted spoon to transfer to a paper-towel-lined rack. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve immediately.

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