Jalapeno Hush Puppies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Jalapeno Hush Puppies

Jalapeno Hush Puppies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

2016 is almost over which means I made it in just under the wire for achieving one of my New Year’s resolutions. I’ve finally managed to overcome my fear of deep frying. Somehow, having a pot full of hot oil on my stove seemed fraught with peril. I had visions of setting my house on fire or burning my face off. 

Turns out if you leave plenty of room in your pot and clip a thermometer on your pot to make sure your oil is at the right temperature, it’s actually pretty easy. I’m going to fry all the things. 

Jalapeno Hush Puppies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

My breakthrough came with these Jalapeno Hush Puppies. They’re crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a hint of heat from chopped fresh jalapeno all over the place. It’s like eating a fresh savoury, spicy doughnut. Hush Puppies are heaven. 

These are perfect all on their own, but if you want something to dip them in, just stir together a little sour cream and hot sauce, and go to town.

Jalapeno Hush Puppies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

2017 is going to be a year where we have to face our fears and bring our most awesome selves forward. You might as well get frying at home. Everything is gonna be alright.

 

Jalapeno Hush Puppies
Yields 12
Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and bursting with subtle heat, Jalapeno Hush Puppies are easier to make than you think and totally wort it.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 75 grams all purpose flour
  2. 71 grams corn meal
  3. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  4. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  6. 1 teaspoonssalt
  7. 3/4 cups buttermilk
  8. 4.25 ounces creamed corn
  9. 1 fresh jalapeno, finely chopped
  10. Vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Get out a pot that is heavy and deep. I used an enamel coated cast iron 5 quart pot. Clip your candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Pour in vegetable oil until it's a couple of inches deep. Turn the heat under the pan to medium and keep your eye on the thermometer as you're mixing your batter. You want it to get up to 375F degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, cayenne pepper, and salt. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. In a separate container, add buttermilk, creamed corn, and jalapeno. Whisk to thoroughly combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold together quickly and gently with a rubber spatula, and mix until just combined. Try not to mix for more than 20 seconds. A few lumps are okay. Let the batter rest while your oil continues to heat up.
  5. Once your oil has reached 375 (this may take a while, and the heat will need to be adjusted throughout cooking to stay as close to that temperature as possible) use a scoop or two spoons to gently add the batter to the oil in fat dollops. I could comfortably cook 3 or 4 hush puppies at a time in my pot. You don't want to overcrowd the pan, or you won't get nice even browning.
  6. Use your tongs to gently flip the hush puppies over in the oil a few times while cooking. Once their dark brown, carefully remove them to a wire rack set over a cookie sheet to cool and crisp up.
  7. Add more batter to your oil as space becomes available, and keep frying and flipping until you have a pile of delicious hush puppies. Remember to keep an eye on the temperature of your oil throughout. The temperature will drop while cooking, so you'll need to keep adjusting your heat.
  8. Serve warm plain or with hot sauce spiked sour cream.
Adapted from I'm Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown
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10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

10 Totally Awesome Sandwiches

August is National Sandwich Month, and as someone who is desperately in love with bread, I’m all for this. Here are 10 totally awesome sandwiches for you to sink your teeth into.

Feed a bunch of hungry faces all at once with these Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches. Little is awesome.

The British will put just about anything on a sandwich. Don’t believe me? Check out Things British People Put Between Two Slices of Bread.

Everybody loves a grilled cheese. Make it fancy with a Fig Jam & Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese.

Perfect for parking yourself in the living room on game day, Cheesy Meatball Sliders are completely outrageous.

Maybe I’ll eat a vegetable if it’s in a gooey grilled cheese. Try this Calzone Grilled Cheese

Have a Bacon Egg Salad Sandwich because bacon, duh.

A Cholesterol Sandwich is life.

Apple and cheddar is a classic combination. Bring them together in an Apple Butter & Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese.

I love a sandwich at breakfast, especially when it’s as indulgent as this Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast.

I might eat glass if it had Buffalo sauce on it. This Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese is much better than that.

What’s your favorite sandwich?

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Spicy Southwest Burger

Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I don’t know about British summer. It’s a tricky thing. Some days are absolutely beautiful.  The sun shines with abandon, but it never gets too hot. It feels like a crime to be indoors. Today, it’s gray and rainy. What can you do?

We’ve had a couple of chances to grill this summer, even once in the rain. It’s always awesome. 

Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you’re looking for something awesome to throw on your grill, may I suggest setting your mouth on fire with a Spicy Southwest Burger. It’s fiery and flavorful. I kinda wanted to eat five of them. 

Just a quick tip when making your own burger patties at home. Be firm but gentle. If you squish the meat too much when mixing or smash it together too tightly when shaping your patties, you won’t get the tender juicy burger of your dreams. It’s a delicate business, but it’s always always better than a frozen pre-fab hockey puck.

Spicy Southwest Burger | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Get into summer. Make Spicy Southwest Burgers. Live it.

Spicy Southwest Burger
Serves 12
This Spicy Southwest Burger is on fire and so delicious. It's everything summer should be.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 ounce can of chopped green chiles
  2. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  3. 1/4 cup picante sauce (I used hot)
  4. 4 teaspoons chili powder
  5. 1 tablespoon cumin
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  9. 2 pounds ground beef
  10. 1/2 pound hot pork sausage
  11. 12 slices colby jack or pepper jack cheese
  12. 12 hamburger buns
  13. Your favorite burger toppings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine chiles, bread crumbs, picante sauce, and seasonings. Give it a quick stir to combine.
  2. Add meats and quickly work everything together by squishing it gently with your hands.
  3. Form into 8 to 12 burger patties depending on how many people you want to feed.
  4. Grill over medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes per side. (You can also make these in a frying pan indoors. I did both.)
  5. Place a slice of cheese on each patty for the last minute or two to let it melt a bit.
  6. Build your burger and set your day on fire.
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