Where did the food hush puppies originally get it's name from?
I always heard that it came about a long time ago when there were outside kitchens. While cooking the meals the cooks made these little tasty pieces of bread and tossed them to the dogs and puppies all around them to quiet them down, and of coarse they would say "hush puppy". Does anyone out there on the hub pages know if this is true or not?
The most plausible explanation I've heard is that, in the South where they originated, cooks in the kitchen, hunters, fishermen and whoever else might by fixing supper would make balls of the leftover corn breading used to coat filets, fry them, and toss them to the dogs to make them stop barking for their supper. "Hush, puppy!" is said to have been the operative expletive upon doing that, and the phrase stuck.
Originally, yes they were made from left over batter and tossed to the dogs, especially when on the battlefield in the south..they would say " hush" puppys...
There is also the version where nuns from France came to New Orleans and helped feed the poor with deep fried cornmeal batter..later they would sprinkle confectionary powder..making them more palateable...a very low end pastry, unlike the high end French Pastry of the Beignet...Lived in New Orleans a way back and a creole cook named " Gator " explained about hushpuppies, his version...creativity lead the southern women to create " Salamanders " in cornmeal batter and deep fried to feed their families, due to lack of meat..etc..
but no one wanted their neighbors to know ...so they told their famiies to " hush " pups...( children )....just what I was told years ago...
Hush Puppies here were a brand of suede shoes from the 1960's. We also had Slush Puppies, flavoured ice (not ice cream) served in a plasticised paper container. Both had pictures of Beagles in the adverts (TV, posters/bill boards, counter displays).
tradition has it that the name comes from the fact that, to keep hungry dogs from begging for food while dinner was being prepared, cooks would toss scraps of fried batter to the pets, telling them to “Hush, puppy!” Hushpuppies traditionally accompany fried catfish in Southern cooking.
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