Bacon, Pepper Jack Hushpuppies with a crispy, golden outside and soft, cornbread inside dunked in the most tantalizing sweet and tangy Sweet Chili Dijon Sauce will having you crave these morsels forever and ever – AND they are one of the world’s easiest appetizers to make!
I remember the very first time my teeth sunk into a deep fried hushpuppy. I was 11. It was summer vacation. Hawaii. Bubba Gumps. And paradise just got even more paradisiacal.
A hushpuppy is basically deep fried cornmeal batter aka deep fried cornbread. As if cornbread wasn’t delicious enough?! The name “hushpuppies” is often attributed to hunters and trappers who would be on the trail for months at at time. When their hunting dogs would get hungry at night, the hunters would cook a basic cornmeal mixture on the grease of the fire and feed it the dogs to “hush puppies.” Maybe that’s also where the term “lucky dogs” comes from.
If you have never devoured a hushpuppy before, please end your depravation right now starting with these Bacon Pepper Jack Hushpuppies with the most crazy delicious Sweet Chili Dijon Sauce. And I realize my last three recipes have featured pepper jack cheese (Southwest Pepper Jack Salad with Creamy Avocado Salsa Dressing, Bacon Ranch Pepper Jack Pull Apart Bread and now these Bacon Pepper Jack Hushpuppies), so I guess you now have three wonderfully delicious reasons to buy pepper jack, starting with these incredibly easy, tasty hushpuppies. And if you need one more reason – everyone gathered around your television in their matching football jerseys will love you for it!
These hushpuppies are so easy to make and take less than 30 minutes start to finish (most of that time is just babysitting them as they fry). Good thing, because you will probably inhale them in less than 10 minutes and need a second batch. To make, simply combine your “wet” ingredients – creamed corn, green onion, pepper jack cheese, sharp cheddar, bacon and eggs with your dry ingredients – cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and some spices to form a batter.
Drop the batter by 1 1/2 teaspoons (they don’t need to be neat!) into hot oil to fry. That’s it! Couldn’t get any easier or any more delicious.
Oh wait, they can.
Dip the golden hushpuppies in Sweet Chili Dijon Sauce which is a simple mixture of Thai Sweet Red Chili Sauce, Dijon mustard, honey and hot sauce. Sweet, tangy perfection. You will love it! I’m already concocting a chicken recipe based purely on this sauce – its that good.
These epic Bacon Pepper Jack Hushpuppies are the perfect appetizer, along with my Bacon Ranch Jalapeno Pull Apart Bread, BBQ Pizza Chicken Dip and Sticky Buffalo Honey Hot Wings for the current football extravaganza. Or for kind of daily extravaganza you have going on.
Every day can be paradisaical with these Bacon Pepper Jack Hushpuppies!
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