DIY Gluten-Free Mix™ – Hush Puppies

Believe it or not Spring is almost here!  I cannot wait!  A meal that I find I crave in the springtime is a traditional fish dinner.  Just the idea of baked fish, coleslaw and hush puppies makes my mouth water.  For some reason I don’t serve fish too often during the cold, dark winter.  I think we want something heartier.  But let the weather get just a bit warmer, and the days get longer and I’m ready for something new.  These hush puppies are just the thing for Spring!

I find this really funny as I don’t usually deep fry anything else but hush puppies.  I admit I’m a little worried about deep frying when the kids are around so I have strict rules in the kitchen while the pot of oil is on the burner.  No one is to interrupt me until I’m done.  Also I am very careful to put a top on the hot oil when I’m done and place the pot on the back of the stove.  Just a little extra care to prevent what could be a disaster.  Please, just be careful!

I knew that this recipe would be quite frugal.  Apparently many countries have cornmeal and flour pancakes or deep fried tidbits like hush puppies because the ingredients are basic and the hot meal can be made quickly when necessary.  Think barn raising where everyone is busy doing heavy work but then have to be fed.  The name hush puppy is nominally from the South–having moved into northern US during or after the Civil War.

My DIY mix for hush puppies costs about $1.38 to make the mix.  This is broken down as follows:  Flour $.27, Cornmeal $.91, Baking powder $.18 and Salt $0.02.  I decided to make this mix after I saw a gluten-full mix on the shelf of the market for $4.49.  I believe it was the dry ingredients to make one batch of hush puppies to feed 3 people.  That is about the same as mine at a much higher cost.  You still needed to add the same wet ingredients:  Egg $.19, Onion $.32 and Milk $.61 for an additional $1.12 for the recipe.  My cost is $2.50.  A commercial mix cost to produce would be $5.61.  I love knowing how to make things and I also love knowing how to stretch my food budget!

There are lots of ways you can change the basic recipe according to your dietary needs.  You can use an egg replacement if necessary.  You can replace the oil by using coconut oil or other more beneficial shortening to make this recipe work for you in a healthful manner.  Hush puppies are often served as a side dish with fish, as mentioned above, but they are also delightful as as appetizer served warm with a dip like ranch dressing or honey mustard.You can even add leftovers to hush puppies to vary the flavors.  Just be sure to try this recipe.

I also like the benefits of all the DIY mixes to the Earth with no additional packaging, make just what you will be able to use so you have less food waste, and you can provide such variety to your family’s diet.

DIY Gluten-Free Mix™ – Hush Puppies
Dry Mix
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¼ cup Baking Free gluten-free All Purpose Flour (31 g)
  • 1½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cups milk, dairy or non-dairy
  • 1 Small onion, finely chopped
Preparation- Optional
  • sprinkle cayenne pepper
  • Oil for deep frying
Dry Mix
  1. Gater the dry mix ingredients and mark the zip bags. Set up the bags by rolling the tops of the zip bags about 2-inches down so they stay open. Set each one in a container to hold them upright.
  2. Carefully weigh the flour for each bag. Measure the cornmeal, baking powder and salt and add to each bag. Zip each bag closed and put into a gallon zip bag with a copy of the recipe for future baking.
  1. Pour mix into a large bowl. Whisk to be sure ingredients are combined. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk and onion together. Add this mix to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Sometimes I sprinkle a little cayenne pepper into the batter for a little kick. Totally optional.
  2. In a deep fryer or a deep saucepan, heat the oil to 365 degrees F. I use a candy thermometer to be sure the oil is hot enough. Do not put any batter into the oil until it is very hot. Carefully spoon the batter into the oil--one tablespoon at a time. Don't crowd or the temp of the oil will drop too much. I did 2 spoonfuls, fry for 2-2½ minutes. Flip them as they brown and fry the other side just a minute or so until brown. Remove the hush puppies from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat until batter is all gone. Serve warm with ranch dressing or honey mustard dressing to dip.