• Squash Puppies

    by Christin Mahrlig on August 18, 2013

    in Breads and Muffins

    Squash Hush Puppies

    It’s time to make one last push to use up that summer produce. Officially we still have over a month of summer left, but with the unseasonably cool weather and school starting back this week, it feels like fall has already arrived. I’m almost ready to start making room for apples, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and butternut squash.

    Squash Hush Puppies

    In South Carolina, the most popular squash to cook with is yellow squash, sometimes called summer squash. It’s very similar to zucchini, except I find it to have a sweeter taste.

    If you have a glorious bounty of yellow squash in your garden, you might want to think about adding squash to your hush puppies. It produces a wonderfully tender and moist hush puppy with just enough sweetness.

    Squash Puppies

    Be sure to steam the squash until it’s really soft so that you can mash it up well. This way it will melt into the batter as the hush puppies cook and you won’t have noticeable chunks of squash, just the flavor of squash.

    More ways to use yellow squash

    Grilled Zucchini and Squash Sticks

    Stuffing Stuffed Squash

    Yellow Squash Casserole

    Summer Squash Saute

    Squash Hush Puppies

    Squash Puppies
     
    Moist and delicious hush puppies made with summer squash.
    Ingredients
    • 5 medium-sized yellow squash
    • ¾ cup self-rising yellow cornmeal
    • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tablespoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
    • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • ½ a medium sweet onion, minced
    • ½ a jalapeno, finely minced
    • ½ cup buttermilk
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • Vegetable oil
    Instructions
    1. Chop off ends of squash, cut in half lengthwise and then into 2-inch pieces. Place in a steamer basket and place basket in a pot over simmering water. Place a lid on the pot, turn heat to low and steam squash for 12-15 minutes or until squash is very tender.
    2. Place squash in a medium bowl and mash well with a fork.
    3. In a large bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Mix together .
    4. To bowl with squash, add onion, jalapeno, buttermilk, and egg. Mix together well. Add squash mixture to cornmeal mixture and stir just until blended.
    5. Pour oil to a depth of 1 inch in a deep cast iron skillet or a Dutch oven. Heat oil to 350 degrees. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into oil and fry until golden brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with remaining ½ teaspoon salt while still hot.

     

    Yield: approximately 25 squash puppies

    Squash Puppies

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    trish June 3, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Do you think these would do well baked?

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    Christin Mahrlig June 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    The batter is on the wet side, kind of like pancake batter, so they wouldn’t hold their shape if you baked them. They MIGHT do OK if you put the batter in mini-muffin cups but I’m not sure.

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    trish June 4, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Thanks for the idea! I’ll let you know what happens!

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    shobelyn March 13, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hi! I am hosting my first ever Cunning Ladies’ Friday Party in my blog. I would love to see you add this beautiful post there. Love your pictures! http://easytocookmeals.com/cunning-ladies-friday-party/

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    Billie September 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I love hush puppies! So hard to find up here. I’ve never made them, but I think I’ll try with this variation – seems a little healthier, and really I just want to reach in a grab one from your photographs, beautiful :)

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    Christin Mahrlig September 11, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks Billie! I hope you enjoy them!

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    Irina @ wandercrush August 21, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I was just thinking how fun it would be to make a creative hush puppy recipe, but you definitely beat me to it! This is wonderful (I also never would have thought to use squash) and seasonal and so perfectly Southern ;) I can never get over how much your blog reminds me of home.

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    Christin Mahrlig August 21, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    It is so southern isn’t it? And I am surprised at how many people aren’t familiar with hush puppies.

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    Gloria // Simply Gloria August 20, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    These are so creative! Living in Utah a lot of peeps don’t even know what a hush puppy is. But I love your twist on them! Pinning!

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    Christin Mahrlig August 21, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Thanks Gloria! And everyone needs to know what a hush puppy is :)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl August 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    My friend gave me a squash and honestly I wasn’t sure what to do with it.. but now i know! Thank you! :)

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    Christin Mahrlig August 21, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Not the healthiest squash recipe, but so good!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats August 20, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Oh wow these look so good! I love hush puppies and all fried things, but have an aversion to frying things (so messy!!!) . I wish I could just pluck one of these off the screen :)

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    Christin Mahrlig August 20, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks Amy! Frying is so messy and I hate to be the one to clean up afterwards.

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker August 20, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I have a weakness for fried food and this looks amazing! At least it’s half healthy…. it’s squash! :)

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    Christin Mahrlig August 20, 2013 at 8:10 am

    That’s a good way to look at it Anne!

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    Julia | JuliasAlbum.com August 19, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Oh, this is such a comfort food. I could eat these deep fried squash “meatballs” for dinner several nights in a row!

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    Christin Mahrlig August 20, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Yes, definitely comfort food Julia!

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    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate August 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Great recipe :)

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    Christin Mahrlig August 20, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Thanks Matt!

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    honeywhatscooking August 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    oooh, yum, this looks so good. I always eat fried food outside, don’t have the heart to make it. :)

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    Christin Mahrlig August 20, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I don’t make it often at home either because it can be messy, but it sure is a special treat!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) August 19, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I love the idea of your squash puppies. I grew up in the south and have always loved hush puppies…something you don’t see now that I’m living in New England.

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    Christin Mahrlig August 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Thanks Karen! I would imagine they would be hard to find in New England. It’s amazing that there are still so many regional food differences.

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    Laura Dembowski August 19, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I love yellow squash! It has a way different flavor from zucchini, which surprises me. I don’t want to think about the end of summer yet. All the produce is just kicking into gear. We’ll still have a few months of good fresh local produce.

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    Jackie l FoodWineFashion.com August 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Fantastic idea! I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of squash and squash blossoms at restaurants lately – but I have NOT seen squash puppies. I am such a sucker for hush puppies.

    xo Jackie

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    Christin Mahrlig August 20, 2013 at 8:38 am

    If you like hush puppies, you will love these squash puppies!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 19, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I haven’t had yellow squash in ages. I love this idea!

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    marcie@flavorthemoments August 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

    These look delicious! I love my squash, and this is certainly a unique way to enjoy it.

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    Christin Mahrlig August 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Yay! So many squash lovers out there!

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    Ashley August 19, 2013 at 5:56 am

    I love this idea! Squash is one of my favorite veggies anyway but to make them into hushpuppies? Genius! These would go incredibly fast at our house : )

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    Christin Mahrlig August 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks Ashley! Squash and hushpuppies are a match made in heaven :)

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs August 19, 2013 at 4:00 am

    I’ve never tried making puppies, but these look so amazing I might as well give them a try! I’m sure they’re wonderful with the squash, it is truly a vegetable I love :-)

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    Christin Mahrlig August 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Yay for squash! Love adding it to things. It has such a great natural sweetness!

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    Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen August 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I love, love, love this idea! YUM!

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    Christin Mahrlig August 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Thanks Kristi!

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    Peabody August 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Best way to eat veggies…fried. :)

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    Christin Mahrlig August 18, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    You got that right! :)

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor August 18, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    What a great idea Christin! I never thought to use squash in hushpuppies. Thanks for sharing.

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    Christin Mahrlig August 18, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks Ashley :)

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    john@kitchenriffs August 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Squash puppies is such a brilliant idea! So creative – I love this. I’ll bet these taste wonderful – thanks so much.

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