Food & Wine Pairing

Hushpuppies and Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese Hushpuppy

Serves: 6 as an appetizer

Ingredients

Hushpuppies:

  • 1.5C Cornmeal, fine
  • 1C All-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1t Sugar
  • 1/2t Baking powder
  • 1/2t Baking soda
  • 1t Salt
  • 1/2t Black pepper ground
  • 1/2t Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2t Onion powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1.5C Buttermilk
  • 1/4C Green Onions, thinly sliced

Pimento Cheese:

  • 1C Cheddar, at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 - 6-oz. jar Pimentos, drained and chopped
  • 1T Mayonnaise
  • 1T Pickle Juice
  • 2T Cream cheese
  • 1t Salt
  • 1t Black pepper
  • 1t Cayenne, ground- optional
     

Preparation

Hushpuppies:
With a stand mixer or by hand whisk cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and onion powder together. Add eggs and buttermilk and whisk until smooth. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or up to 4 hours. Fold in sliced green onions when preparing to fry. Pour the oil into a large enough pot to hold the 2Qts. of oil leaving at least half of the pot space open for frying. When the oil is ready for frying, test a piece of batter and it should bounce in the oil and sizzle. Oil should not smoke. Temperature should be between 325-350 degrees. Using a large tablespoon, drop rounded spoonfuls of batter into oil about 8 to 10 hushpuppies per batch. Fry for about 3 minutes and lay onto paper towel or metal cooling rack. Serve immediately with pimento cheese.

Pimento Cheese:
Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix by hand for a rough consistency or whip with paddle attachment for a more creamy consistency. (Hot sauces can be omitted or used generously at your whim).

To Serve

Serve immediately.

Take a look at our pairing recommendation below.


Pairing Recommendations - Pinot

Pairing Recommendation

2014 Goldeneye Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
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