Hush Puppies with a Smoked Cheddar Dip

Hush Puppies With A Smoked Cheddar Stout Dip

Hush puppies with a cheddar stout dip made for Beer Month 2016. Made with store bought cornbread mix and served with a smoked cheddar stout dip are the perfect game day snack.

Puppies!!!

What do you call a ninja dog?

A hush puppy!!!

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Alright folks, friend of the blog and all around awesome lady Sophia Del Gigante is hosting Beer Month over on her blog. She’s also the founding member of The Fucking Fab Food Bloggers. You remember them? We’re a collective of awesome food bloggers with a DGAF attitude and we’ve gotten together to make a recipe using beer as an ingredient. So, here I am, with hush puppies with a smoked cheddar stout dip and, puppies!!!

NYFoodgasm Beer Month 2016

This Post Is Brought To You By Puppies!!!

This recipe is for hush puppies and along with the usual food porn, this post will include pictures of puppies!!! I’ve got lots of puppies for you from fellow food bloggers, so let’s meet and make some puppies!

Hadley Hungry Couple NYC
Hadley Courtesy of Hungry Couple NYC

So Who’s Cooking This Time?

Let’s get reacquainted to the Fuckin’ Fab Food Bloggers. This month we’ve got recipes from:


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Nomageddon

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NY Foodgasm

Dale’s Super Juicy Beer Can Chicken

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All Roads Lead To The Kitchen

Mahi Mahi Burgers Glazed with IPA-Hoisin Barbecue Sauce

Big Flavors From A Tiny Kitchen

Big Flavors From A Tiny Kitchen

Garlicky Beer And Tarragon Steamed Mussels

Bread Booze Bacon

Bread Booze Bacon

Chorizo Queso Fundido

Oh Hush!

Here’s a little bit of hush puppy history before we get started. You ever wonder why they are called hush puppies? Well according to that great rabbit hole of information Wikipedia:

The name “hushpuppies” is often attributed to hunters, fishermen, or other cooks who would fry some basic cornmeal mixture (possibly that they had been bread-coating or battering their own food with) and feed it to their dogs to “hush the puppies” during cook-outs or fish-fries.

So It’s Dog Food?

Um. Maybe. Well, hush puppies are delicious, nonetheless. I mean, how could you go wrong with fried balls of corn meal?

Ripley Wonky Wonderful
Ripley Courtesy of Wonky Wonderful

What’s In A Hush Puppy Anyway?

Well like I mentioned before, corn meal. In addition you can, and should, add a few things to flavor it, like onions or even jalapeños. Also it helps if you use some egg and flour to bind the corn meal together. There are vegan versions of hush puppies but I’m not going to share any here. There’s always Google, folks.

What I didn’t think of until last week was that I could easily use cornbread mix, which I just so happened to have lying around the house. So, a little while ago, the folks at Boardwalk Food Company sent me some samples of their bread and pretzel mixes. You just add beer to them and bake. They’re quite nifty and I quite likes the rosemary and sea salt one. However, I want to emphasize this is not a sponsored post as they are not paying me to make this recipe. I just had their mix on hand. I also had the loneliest bottle of Left Hand Brewing Company’s Nitro Milk Stout in the house. It’s quite a good craft stout and if you can’t find it at the store Guinness will do. So I figured for #BeerMonth I’d use that it to make a stout cheddar dip.

Boardwalk Food Company and Left Hand Brewing Company

Let’s Fry These Puppies!

We should start making some hush puppies, which is actually fairly simple if you’re using a box mix. Empty the mix into a bowl and add an egg, milk, finely chopped onion, and finely chopped jalapeño and stir until well combined. By the end, you should have a large ball of dough. Measure out your hush puppies by scooping with a tablespoon measure and, with moistened hands, roll it into a ball. Repeat the process until you’re out of dough. You should have around 48 depending on how zealous you get with your ball measuring.

Next we need to heat the oil for deep-frying. Heat about 2-3 inches of canola oil in a deep pot or dutch oven. We’re going to need to get kind of precise on this as we are going to heat the oil to 375ºF, so we’ll be clipping a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. I usually use one for making fudge, but they’re versatile and can also be used for deep frying.

Set your pot over a medium-high flame and, once you have your oil heated to 375ºF, start cooking the hush puppies in batches. Fry each side until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side) and transfer to a baking sheet lined with paper towels.

Missy Courtesy of Giraffes Can Bake
Missy Courtesy of Giraffes Can Bake

Now Let’s Make Some Sauce, Boss

For this recipe, we’re going to use smoked cheddar, which you can buy in most grocery stores by a company called Traditional Delights. I think I’ve also seen it seen it under the Boar’s Head brand name.

Smoked Cheddar

While the hush puppies are cooking, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the beer and milk and simmer for two minutes while stirring constantly. Add the mustard and Worcestershire and simmer until it begins to thicken slightly (about 5 minutes). In large handfuls, add in the grated cheese and whisk until it’s fully incorporated. Repeat until all the cheese is fully mixed in. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve while the dip is piping hot.

Striped Spatula
Toby courtesy of Striped Spatula

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This recipe requires a little something special. Here’s a list of what you will need:

Hush Puppies With Smoked Cheddar Dip
Hush Puppies With A Smoked Cheddar Stout Dip
Yields 48
Easy hush puppies made with store bought corn bread mix and served with a dipping sauce made with stout and melted smoked cheddar.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
For The Hush Puppies
  1. 3 Cups Cornbread Mix
  2. 2 Eggs
  3. 2/3 Cups Whole Milk
  4. 1 Cup Finely Chopped Onion
  5. 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Jalapeño
For The Dip
  1. 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  2. 12 Ounces (1 Bottle) Stout
  3. 1 Teaspoon Mustard Powder
  4. 2 Teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  5. 12 Ounces Smoked Cheddar, Grated
  6. Salt And Pepper To Taste
For The Hush Puppies
  1. Preheat about 3 inches of canola oil in a pot until it reaches 370ºF. In a large mixing bowl, combine cornbread mix, eggs, milk, onion, and jalapeño and mix well. You should have a large dense ball. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out some dough and with moistened hands roll into a ball. Working in batches, fry the balls until golden brown (about 2 minutes per side) and transfer to a paper towel to drain.
For The Dip
  1. Do this while the hush puppies are frying. Over medium heat bring the milk and stout to a simmer. Whisk in the mustard and the Worcestershire and simmer for 5 minutes. By the handful, add the cheese in batches. Whisk to incorporate before adding the next batch. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
  1. This recipe makes about 48 hush puppies but can easily be halved.
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20 comments on “Hush Puppies With A Smoked Cheddar Stout Dip

  1. April 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Okay, smoked cheddar AND stout? Yes, please! I’ve been doing hushpuppies wrong for so many years (no dip!). These sound awesome….and I’m totally crushing on all the other puppies in this post, as well.

  2. April 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Love it!! So cute.

  3. April 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    These look great!

  4. April 15, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Puppies! Oh and a recipe too! So very cute!

  5. April 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I am going to have to try these! They look great!

  6. April 16, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Love the pun and all the puppy pictures! More food blogs need to include baby animals in their posts. I have two on my about page but that’s it. And these hush puppies sound almost too good. All the delicious flavors!

  7. April 16, 2016 at 9:15 am

    I cannot handle the cuteness! I love that you added really puppies to your hush puppy post. Very clever Matt. But really the start is the hush puppies themselves and that killer sauce! Wow!

  8. April 16, 2016 at 9:20 am

    That’s it. All future blog posts require puppies. Boom, done.

  9. April 16, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Fried food and puppies? These are like my two favorite things in ALL the world! Thanks for the smiles…and eats!

  10. LOVE this mix of adorable puppies, craft beer and delicious food. YUM!

  11. April 17, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Beer and puppies ….whats not to love!

  12. April 17, 2016 at 11:14 am

    These look so good! I have only had the “traditional” versions, but I love the twists here! Definitely have to make these 🙂

  13. April 17, 2016 at 11:24 am

    What a way to start a Sunday morning — so many wonderful pups! I adore hush puppies, I need to give these a try 🙂

  14. April 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Wow, they sound amazing! Love the smoked cheddar sauce! Oh, the puppies are cute too!

  15. April 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    They sound great! Thanks for the little history lesson.

  16. April 17, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Loved this post. I was desperate for a puppy already (pug is my breed of choice) but now I’m desperate fora puppy AND a batch of hush puppies! Better get cooking…

  17. April 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    I love everything about this! The puppies and the hush and did I mention puppies? You’ve cracked the code to get to a woman’s hear twitch beer, puppies, humor and cheese.

    So glad to have you for #beermonth

  18. April 17, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Okay, so I had NO idea that is how the term hush puppies came about, lol! You learn something new every day. 😉 And these hush puppies sound amazing! Love that cheddar dip.

    • April 18, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      ⭐️ The More You Know! ⭐️ haha ????

  19. March 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I had no idea where the term “Hush Puppy” came from but that makes sense. I know my dogs would get real quiet real quick if I tossed a few of these bad boys their way. And oh my gosh does that dip sound amazing. I am sure if I got my hands on these that after the hush puppies were gone I’d probably just lap up the dip with a big spoon. YUM!

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