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Oyster Hush Puppies with Pepper Mojo
© Madeleine Hill

Oyster Hush Puppies with Pepper Mojo

  • TOTAL TIME: 50 MIN
  • SERVINGS: Makes 50
  • FAST
  • MAKE-AHEAD

These briny, salty oyster hush puppies are delicious on their own but Andrew Zimmern suggests serves them with lemon-herb mayo, hot sauces and a big bowl of pepper mojo for dipping.

Mojo

  1. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  3. 1/4 cup minced yellow bell pepper
  4. 1/4 cup minced shallots
  5. 3 radishes, cut into thin matchsticks (1/4 cup)
  6. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  7. 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  8. 2 tablespoons finely chopped mint
  9. 1 1/2 teaspoons Asian fish sauce
  10. 1 jalapeño—stemmed, seeded and minced
  11. 1 garlic clove, minced
  12. 1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  13. Salt
  14. Pepper

Hush Puppies

  1. 2 cups fine stone-ground cornmeal
  2. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. Salt
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 large egg yolk
  7. 2 cups whole milk
  8. 1/2 stick unsalted butter or 1/4 cup rendered bacon fat, melted and cooled slightly
  9. 1/4 cup minced chives
  10. 36 shucked oysters, drained and chopped
  11. Vegetable oil, for frying
  1. MAKE THE MOJO In a medium bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.
  2. MAKE THE HUSH PUPPIES In a large bowl, whisk the cornmeal with the flour, baking powder and a generous pinch of salt. In a medium bowl, beat the whole eggs and egg yolk with the milk, melted butter and chives. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until smooth, then fold in the chopped oysters.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 350°. Working in batches, drop tablespoons of the batter into the oil and fry, turning gently, until puffed and golden, about 5 minutes; do not overcrowd the saucepan. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the hush puppies to a paper towel-lined baking sheet to drain. Serve with the pepper mojo.
Make Ahead The pepper mojo can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.