Sunday, January 16, 2011

National Hot & Spicy Foods Day: Hot & Spicy Hush Puppies w/ Apricot Marmalade Dipping Sauce

Yeah yeah we know its the New Years and you started off with a great diet plan and your hitting the gym and enjoying feeling healthy. But when that runs out and you know it will, we will still be here for you.
Not to say that we do not post healthy meals, recipes and ways to lighten your life up while still enjoying great tasting food. With that said, frying foods for the most part has probably been cut out of your diet for the time being, but right around the corner is Super Bowl Sunday.
I can bet that most of you will be enjoying a few foods that you would have avoided had you not been so caught up with great company and hopefully some rather strong libations.
Today being Hot & Spicy Foods day we wanted to give you a quick bit of fun with these "Hot & Spicy Hush Puppies w/ Apricot Marmalade Dipping Sauce."
When your doing eating 10 or 15 of them, give us a quick shout and let us know what you thought.

1 Cup Yellow Cornmeal
¾ Cup Self-Rising Flour
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Sugar
½ tsp Cayenne
½ Small Sweet Onion, Finely Chopped
½  Jalapeno, Finely Chopped
4 Green Onions, Sliced Thin
1 Large Egg, Beaten
¼ Cup Grated Cheddar
1 Cup Buttermilk
Apricot Dipping Sauce, Recipe Follows

Preheat deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
Mix all the ingredients together into a large mixing bowl to form a thick batter.
Dip 2 tablespoon spoons into water.
Using the spoons scoop up some of the batter and drop into the hot oil.
Work in batches.
Fry for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden and brown.
Remove and drain on a paper towel lined sheet tray.
Serve with dipping sauce.

Cheeba’s Apricot Dipping Sauce:
¼ Cup Honey
¼ Cup Apricot Marmalade

Mix together ingredients and enjoy.

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