Active Time
30 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Serves 8

Pimiento cheese and hush puppies—this may be the most Southern party appetizer ever. Together, they make one salty, smoky, deliciously golden-fried bite. Test kitchen tip: rely on a deep-fat thermometer to take the guesswork out of estimating the temperature of the oil, giving you perfectly crispy hush puppies.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare the hush puppies: Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high to 350°F.

Step 2

Stir together cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Stir together buttermilk, water, and eggs in a large bowl. Add cornmeal mixture to buttermilk mixture, and stir until just smooth. Fold in pimientos, both cheeses, prosciutto, and scallions.

Step 3

Carefully drop half of batter by 1/4-cupfuls into hot oil. Cook until golden brown, rotating occasionally, about 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter.

Step 4

Prepare the tartar sauce: Stir together all tartar sauce ingredients; serve with hush puppies.