Hush Puppies/ Abiaka, Hollywood

(WSVN) - A deep-fried American favorite provides the perfect side dish to any seafood meal. That’s what’s cooking as we grab a Bite with Belkys.

The Chef: Tito Vargas
The Restaurant: Abiaka, Hollywood
The Dish: Hush Puppies


3.75 oz. Hush Puppy Batter (recipe below)
2 oz. Honey Butter (recipe below)
1 tsp. Kosher Salt
1 qt. Vegetable Oil

Ingredients for Hush Puppy Batter:

Dry Mix: (mix ingredients)
7.5 oz. cornmeal, finely ground
2.5 oz. all-purpose flour
1.25 oz. maseca flour
1/2 oz. baking powder
1/4 oz. pimenton spice
1 tbsp. kosher salt

6 medium-size yellow squash, diced and cooked until soft
7 oz. spanish onion, grated
21 oz. large eggs
6 oz. whole milk
2 oz. buttermilk
2 oz. sugar
1/4 oz. jalapeno peppers, minced with seeds
10 oz. colossal lump crab meat

Ingredients for honey butter:

4 oz. Unsalted Butter
4 oz. Clover Honey
(Mix until throughly incorporated)

Method of Preparation for batter:

  • Grate the onion on the small hole side of a grating box.
  • Mince the jalapenos with seeds.
  • Warm the whole milk and buttermilk in a sauce pan (do not boil).
  • Add the sugar and the onion until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour warm liquid into dry mix, eggs and jalapenos and stir to combine.
  • Fold in diced squash and crab meat.
  • Allow mix to sit in fridge for 3 hours prior to use.

Method of Preparation for cooking hush puppies:

  • In a 2 qt sauce pan, pre heat the oil to 330F.
  • Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop 5 hush puppies (.75 oz ea) and fry until golden brown and cooked through (about 5-7 minutes).

To Plate:

  • Remove the hush puppies from the oil into a paper towel lined plate to drain.
  • Season with kosher salt.
  • Place the hush puppies in a plate and pour the honey butter in a ramekin.

(located in Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood)
1 Seminole Way
Davie, FL 33314

*Currently, Abiaka is closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Like so many other restaurants featured in Bite with Belkys over the years, Abiaka will need your support once they reopen.

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