What’s For Dinner?
Catfish Hollow Restaurant Hush Puppies
(First star is lowest, fourth star is highest)
From the menu of . . . Catfish Hollow
2826 Ga. 154, Newnan
Q: Of all the hush puppies I have eaten during my 77 years of devotion to Southern cooking, none can equal those served at Catfish Hollow Restaurant. . . . I would sell my soul for the recipe.
- Albert Herrington, Newnan
A: There's no need to make a Faustian contract to get hold of that hush puppy recipe. Al Wise, a longtime Newnan restaurateur who runs Catfish Hollow and owns Golden's on the Square, was happy to share his mother's recipe.
Hands on time: 5 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Serves: 24
1 cup self-rising cornmeal
1/2 cup self-rising flour
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup canned creamed corn, Silver Queen variety
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons beer
Oil for deep fryer
There's another secret ingredient you will see in the recipe, which was cut down from one he uses that makes 800. Wise has owned Catfish Hollow for 15 years and rustles up about 18,000 hush puppies a week. That figures out to be a whole lot of hush puppies!