It's a Southern Thing!

Low country boil. Creamy cole slaw. Okra hush puppies. Coca-cola cake. Now tell me, can it get more southern than that? This was the menu for Southern Flair, an annual fund raising event I support.

For the last four years I have had the pleasure of preparing food for a charity fundraiser for The Joseph Sams School, a wonderful school for children with disabilities. Along with fellow cook Alan Harp, who cooked up the boil, I prepared the side dishes and dessert.  Cooking over propane tanks outdoors, we dished up food for nearly 75 people.  The okra hush puppies were a big hit. I heard more than once that they were "the best hush puppies I've ever had". I really had to stay on top on my game to make certain we didn't run out of them.

All in all a great event of which I am proud to have been a part of. The evening netted the school over $10,000 dollars that will be used to fund scholarships for the school families. Well done!

Okra Hush Puppies

Serves 8

1 cup self-rising yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1 tsp. Creole seasoning
1/2 cup frozen diced onion, red and green bell pepper, and celery, thawed
1/2 cup frozen cut okra, thawed and chopped
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2/4 cup beer
Canola oil

Stir together the cornmeal, flour, and Creole seasoning in a large bowl until combined.

Add onion mixture and okra to cornmeal mixture. Stir in egg and beer until mixture is moistened. Let stand for 5-7 minutes.

Pour oil to a depth of 4 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 350 F. Drop batter by level tablespoon into hot oil and fry, turning them in oil, 2 - 3 minutes, or until golden brown.

Drain on a wire rack over paper towels and serve immediately.

Adapted from Shrimp and Okra Hush Puppies recipe, Southern Living Magazine, July 2008.


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