Texas Peteandreg; Hush Puppies w/ Cheddar Cheese and Bacon

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  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 3 dozen hushpuppies
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For frying peanut, grapeseed or canola oil

1 ¼ cups white cornmeal

½ cup all- purpose flour

1 tsp Kosher salt

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup buttermilk

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp garlic, minced

2 tbsp Texas Pete® Hot Sauce

1 cup Texas Pete® Medium Salsa, drained, pulsed in food processor

1 cup cheddar cheese, thick shred

½ cup bacon, cooked and crumbled

To taste Kosher salt for finishing


  1. 1. Preheat fryer to 350°F or pour 4 inches of oil into a deep, heavy pot. Clip a candy thermometer on the side of the pot and bring to 350°F over medium-high heat. 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, salt, pepper and baking powder. Set aside. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, garlic, Texas Pete® Hot Sauce and Texas Pete® Medium Salsa. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed. 4. Add cheese and bacon. Mix until just combined. 5. Using 2 tablespoons or a #30 scoop, carefully drop balls of batter into fryer. Fry for about 4 minutes, turning halfway through, until golden brown and cooked through. 6. Transfer to paper towel lined sheet tray and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Serve immediately.
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