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excuse my ignorance!

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excuse my ignorance!

i,v just seen an item on the blue smoke menu,HUSH PUPPIES,WHAT ARE THEY? (in the u.k.they,r a brand of shoes)T.I.A. Bob

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1. Re: excuse my ignorance!

:) Hush puppies are an American food consisting of small cornmeal breads that are deep fried in a spherical or oblong shape.

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Take a look at the wikipedia entry:


I find that some restaurants do them better than others. The best ones, IMO, aren't all dried out.

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They may be made from the same cornmeal batter that one would use to coat catfish before frying it. When being bothered by one's hunting dogs, who are whining for some of the fish they smell cooking, you can toss them one of these items as a distraction with a command to "hush, puppy!" And that really is one version of the etymology of the name of the item...

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GWB: love that explanation of hush puppy.....will pass that on to my southern relatives

they are delicious, addictive and usually make me sick a few hours later...but i eat them anyway

and we also have the shoes called hush puppies having nothing to do with the food, lets hope

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My roommate in the Army was from Shelby North Carolina and he told me the same story as the explanation GWB offers is 100% correct - the HP was invented to keep the dogs quiet while the cook was whipping up the grub.


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Ha Ha. I liked it better when I thought GWB was making the story up!

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my husband is 7th generation Virginian;he told me this story 20+ years ago..the Confederates doing the cooking used to fry up cornmeal and do just what GWB said:toss it to the howling dogs with the admonition"hush,puppy!"

Being a girl from Brooklyn I had only heard of the shoes!

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