Take-out Tuesday, Cheddar & Chive Hushpuppies for Fat Tuesday

Happy Fat Tuesday!

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Mardi Gras, literally translated, is French for Fat Tuesday.  It is also the term commonly used to refer to the balls, parties and parades during entire season of Carnival, the time between Ephiphany and Lent.  Fat Tuesday is the last day before Lent, approximately six weeks before Easter Sunday observed by Catholics and many Christian denominations.   Fat Tuesday is,  by tradition,  the last day to eat rich foods and celebrate, before Ash Wednesday and the season of prayer, self denial, and fasting


We made a weekend of Fat Tuesday celebrations, with Mardi Gras parades and Valentine treats

It was such a chore eating King Cake and Red Velvet Brownies  😊


These Fat Tuesday Hushpuppies are the perfect way to celebrate the end of Mardi Gras season~

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They’re the right color too, green and gold~

HH and HHjr declared them the best they’d ever had~

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I like hushpuppies, but good ones are hard to find.  More often than not, restaurants serve hard balls of dry dough.  These are sooooo easy to make, and you can customize this recipe any way you like


I adapted my version from The Neeley’s  hushpuppy recipe on the Food Network.    Cheese, a non traditional ingredient in hushpuppies, just might be the key to these moist and light balls

Corn meal, self rising flour, 1 egg, buttermilk, cheese, and onion mix together quickly to form a dough that’s easy to work with

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I used a mini scoop  and dropped the puppies into the fryer in small batches


I don’t fry things very often, but a small, easy to clean fryer is a great investment for this type of recipe

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In just about 2 minutes you have perfectly cooked, cheesy, chivey, bites!

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Cheddar & Chive Hushpuppies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 16 hushpuppies


  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup self rising flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 small sweet onion grated
  • 1/4 cup chives or green onion tops chopped
  • 2 oz sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 cup non fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • peanut oil for frying


  • Preheat oil in fryer or dutch oven to 350.
  • Mix remaining ingredients in a large bow until well combined.
  • Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls into hot oil, in small batches.
  • Fry 2-3 minutes and drain well on paper towels.
  • Salt immediately and serve or keep warm in a 200 degree oven. Makes about 16
Keyword cheddar chive biscuits, cheesy hushpuppies, hushpuppies

Pair them up with some Pan Fried Kale Ribbons, and you will have a tasty little appetizer or side dish!

We’re going to lighten up for Lent tomorrow with a Kale and Citrus Salad, so be sure to stop back by~

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for the recipe and photos of Pan Fried Kale Ribbons  with Garlic click here

Yes, I bought a King Cake over the weekend  because we wanted to try this one from Rouse’s,  a New Orleans based market… I like mine better 🙂

you can get the recipe for Crescent King Cake here


and California Dreamin King Cake here

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See the recipe for Red Velvet Brownies here

You can see the Neely’s recipe for Shrimp Hushpuppies with Vidalia Onion Dip here

I got my Hamilton Beach Cool Touch fryer at Target.  It’s currently on sale for $34.99 here.  It’s very easy to use and clean


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20 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Cheddar & Chive Hushpuppies for Fat Tuesday”
  1. Lynn says:

    I haven’t had a hushpuppy since a restaurant called Po Folks closed here-love them! We just got a fresh 5″ of snow and it’s still coming down… Happy Mardi Gras Jenna-have fun:@)

  2. Ellen says:

    The hushpuppies look delicious. I need to check out that fryer. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

    • Happy Fat Tuesday Ellen! We have had a lot of fun with the fryer lately, my son made some mini egg rolls, full of kale and spinach that were to die for, I’ll be posting those soon~ Sounds like a nasty weather week around here, ugh! Stay cozy~

  3. Emily says:

    I love all of your Carnival fun decorations and of course the food. Wishing you a fun and Happy Fat Tuesday!

  4. Marigene says:

    Hush puppies sound wonderful, right now…I am trying so hard to not eat anything fried!
    Happy Fat Tuesday, Jenna…

  5. Well it looks like you are ready to let the good times roll! Those Hush Puppies look divine!

  6. I love hushpuppies and these look amazing!…thanks for the recipe!!

  7. Mary says:

    Oh I would be so tempted to fry a LOT of things if I had a small fryer, thank goodness there is no pantry room or counter space! Your hush puppies look wonderful Jenna! Next time my hubby smokes a butt I’m trying your recipe and frying some outdoors by the grill. It’s an icy mess out there at the moment. Hope you’re warm and cozy 🙂

  8. Kathleen says:

    Those look amazing! I love hush puppies. I’m totally making these!!! Pinning these right now! Stopping over from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  9. I couldn’t click over fast enough. I think I only read Hush. These are one of my favorite sin foods! Thanks for sharing. Best wishes!

  10. I love hushpuppies and I love this recipe! What a great idea to add cheese to hushpuppies,and the chives sound perfect! I can’t wait to try them! I would love if you would share this at “Celebrate It!” blog party! It’s all about how we celebrate the everyday moments of life! I hope you will stop by!

  11. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Jenna,
    What a wonderful party, I love it all! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Nici says:

    These sound delicious! I’ve never made Hushpuppies before, much less cheesy ones! Yum! Thanks so much for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party. I hope you’ll be back again this week!

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