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Dec 22, 2012 02:38 PM

Hushpuppies vs Cornbread

Do you have a preference or are you an equal opportunist?

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  1. Cornbread is more versatile, but I do adore good hushpuppies. My favorites are ones with minced onion and little depth-charges of cayenne. There used to be an AYCE catfish place in Nashville that had these, and although I knew full well they kept the hushpuppy basket topped up to cut down on our fish consumption, I played right along because I loved them so.

    The big favorites in Nashville last time I looked were Captain D's. Yes, it's a chain, but they contributed some one year to an annual benefit oyster feast, and have become an integral part of that, despite numerous attempts to substitute more "authentic" ones.

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    1. re: Will Owen

      A local Neapolitan-style pizza place in town serves the best hushpuppies with diced jalapenos and chipotle mayo. They are quite delicious. I am a sucker for cornbread though - classic cast iron Southern style cornbread. I have been known to finish off a good portion of the pan...

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        Neapolitan hushpuppies served with chipotle mayonnaise. Isn't this country GREAT?

        Here's another one- a restaurant in Manhattan called "Bali Sea" offers Oyakodon, a Shirley Temple and New England Clam Chowder.

        Back on topic, they're both good, and in NYC, not common enough, but different indeed.

    2. I don't understand the comparison. It's like comparing onion rings to mashed potatoes. Both are good, but are also dissimilar.

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      1. re: John E.

        I get the comparison. To me its more like mashed potatoes and potato cakes. Similar ingredients but different cooking methods. And just to weigh in it depends on what they are going with. Beans or a pot of greens and cornbread. Fried fish and hush puppies. Oh yeah. But if I had to pick one on its own it would be hush puppies and tartar or ranch. I could make it a snack in a heartbeat.

        1. re: suzigirl

          Love them both.

          Best hush pups I ever had were from Red Lobster. I haven't been there in eons, but the hush puppies were shaped like short, slender cigars, and were heavily spiced with--I think--sage. I doubt RL even makes those hush puppies anymore.

          1. re: suzigirl

            Ok, maybe I was exaggerating just a little. How about comparing French fries and home fries? I just both hushpuppies and cornbread are good but it doesn't seem like it's a one or the other thing. They both have their place.

              1. re: John E.

                Yea, of course they do. I had been considering two different meals which I feel one goes well with cornbread and the other with hushpuppies and was trying to decide based on which I wanted more at the time. I think my intention in the thread was to hear opinions as I'm sure there are some extremist lover/haters and also to hear what you like to eat each with.

                1. re: John E.

                  My feeling on these similar breads is that often corn bread is an adequate substitutee when hush puppies would be preferred, but that hush puppies are more strongly tied in place - not as easy a substitute for corn bread.

              2. re: John E.

                More like french fries and mashed potatoes.

              3. No real preference. Its more about what I'm eating it with. ~~ A pot of black-eyes or pink-eyes, or pintos, or greens etc usually calls for Cornbread (in some form) ~~ Fried Fish usually calls for hushpuppies. Then again it's just what strikes my fancy at the time. ~~ They're first cousins...kinda the same relation, yet different in there own special way. ~~~ Week end and week out we probably eat more cornbread. ~~~ it's all good!

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                1. re: Uncle Bob

                  as usual, uncle bob is right on the money! it depends on what i'm eating whether i want hush puppies or cornbread. fried fish? gotta do the pups! ;-). soup? cornbread. beans, field peas, greens? ---> cornbread, corn pone.

                  now one might ask, "cornbread or corn pone?" that's a tougher decision.

                2. I think of hush puppies as a companion for fried seafood, and cornbread goes with land-based critters - brisket or pork 'Que, chili, even meatloaf.