Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies & Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce

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Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies

Nearly 25 years ago, when my husband and I got married, we got our first deep fryer.  That’s when my aunt gave me her awesome recipe for hush puppies, and I haven’t eyed another hush puppy recipe since.  Now, to be fair, she also gave me her amazing recipe for jalapeno corn bread and that gave me the idea to add jalapenos to the hush puppy recipe, creating these Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies.  YUM!  Read on for the recipes!

Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies ingredients

My husband grew the jalapenos in our garden!  They are a few rows over from our 5 corn stalks.  LOL!  The ingredients for this recipe are basic and easy, which are my favorite kind of ingredients.

original written hush puppies recipe

The other great part of this recipe is that it’s super easy to assemble.

hushpuppy mixing bowl

Stirring and frying are the main components, so if you can stir, you’re good, because frying pretty much takes care of itself.  That’s why frying this is the most fun, in my humble, Southern, frying opinion.

LouAna Peanut Oil helped us make these delicious hush puppies!

Speaking of Southern, we’re using LouAna Peanut Oil which is actually from one of my favorite places in the South, Louisiana.  Lou Ana was born in Opelousas, Louisiana in 1820!  That’s over 120 years of cooking oil know-how!  LouAna has 14 different types of cooking oil, perfect for all of your cooking needs from sautéing to deep frying or baking.  LouAna is helping put the best dish on the table each and every time.

Pouring LouAna Peanut Oil into deep fryer

Peanut oil has a high smoke point, creating a surface seal that locks the food’s natural moisture allowing the steam to cook the food from the inside out. The result is a delicate, golden crispy outside and a juicy, tasty inside and with LouAna Peanut oil, you can be sure that your favorite fried dishes will be crispy, crunchy to perfection! That’s because LouAna is the #1 Brand of Peanut Oil in the country!

frying hushpuppies in deep fryer

To create uniform hush puppies we used a cookie scoop that holds 1.5 tablespoons.  My original recipe says it will make 2 dozen using a teaspoon, but who in the world wants them that small?  This recipe makes 12 hush puppies.

peanut oil fry basket

Fry them for 2 minutes, or until golden brown and you’re ready to eat…well, once they cool off a bit.  We were super satisfied with the way these Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies fried up!

hushpuppies paper towel

Chomp, chomp, chomp.  We should have doubled our recipe because our dozen did not last long.  Keep that in mind!

Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies

Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies & Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce

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Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup self-rising white cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 Tbsp chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg beaten

Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce

  • 1 18 oz jar of apricot preserves
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tsp chipolte chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup ketchup


Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies

  • Combine cheese, cornmeal, flour, onion & sugar.
  • Add combined milk & egg, mixing until well blended.
  • Drop rounded 1 1/2 Tbsp of batter into deep hot oil around 370-375 degrees.
  • Fry 1-2 minutes or untill golden brown, turning once.
  • Drain, serve warm.
  • Makes: 1 dozen, approximately.

Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Refrigerate for at least an hour for flavors to meld.
  • These amounts will make a batch bigger than you need for one dozen hush puppies, so either cut it down or make more stuff!
  • Serve and enjoy with hush puppies and more.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Southern

Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce

 Want to make a sauce to dip them in?  It’s not necessary, but it’s good!  This Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce is a great compliment to the hush puppies PLUS it goes great on a ton of other things.  Think hot dogs, corn dogs, chips, fries, whatever you want to dip!

 Spicy Apricot Dipping Sauce ingredients

This is a new family creation.  My food genius husband created it, and it’s terrific.  These amounts will make a batch bigger than you need for one dozen hush puppies, so either cut it down or make more stuff.

mixing apricot dipping sauce

This sauce is super easy…just add ingredients and stir!  See why these two recipes are such a pleasure?  Delicious food, fast.  That’s always a hit!

Homemade Food Boats

red checkered food boats

I just want to tell you about my food boats.  I MADE THEM, which was awesome because I could vary the size, and even the print, for my needs.  I used my Silhouette to create them!  I’ll show you how in an upcoming post.  Meanwhile, here are some other die cut posts and tutorials you might enjoy.

Now, back to enjoying hush puppies.

Jalapeno Cheddar Hush Puppies dipping sauce

They speak for themselves, don’t they?

hushpuppy bite

Golden, delicious and flavorful.

hushpuppies in red checkered food boat

LouAna Peanut Oil at Publix

My husband and I spent last Friday shopping like two maniacs.  You know when you let everything in your house run out and it’s time to go to the store for…everything?  Yeah, that was us.  Plus, we had a list of random weird stuff, paint, a rug, wall art.  (We’re redoing a bathroom.)  All the stores, all the items.  Publix was the easiest!  I spotted LouAna Peanut Oil right away and we checked out in a flash.

hushpuppies in red checkered food boat outside

What’s your favorite food to fry?  I want to fry up some pickles soon!  I think I might make pickles from some of the cucumbers that we have in our garden.  I bet that would be outstanding!

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      1. Love this recipe Joy. Have you ever made the batter an hour or two ahead of time and put it in fridge until ready to use at dinner?

      2. Thanks so much, Jarrett! I haven’t made the batter ahead of time before, but that sounds like a GREAT IDEA!!

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