Making copycat Long John Silver’s hush puppies was the crowning moment in my efforts to duplicate my childhood memories of eating at the fast food restaurant. I made the fish. I made the fries. And I made the chicken planks. And now, I’ve made the hush puppies. They have the perfect texture and the perfect corn flavor. What fantastic hush puppies they are! Get out the ketchup because it’s time for some hush puppy dunkin’! I grinned from ear-to-ear while I devoured these, each bite reminding me of days gone by years ago!
People often tell that the origin of the name ‘hush puppies’ can be traced back to hunters and fishermen who would toss the fried cornmeal to their dogs to stop them from barking. I recommend the article The Real History of Hushpuppies by Robert Moss over on Serious Eats.
If I’m cooking for a crowd, I’ll break out my big deep fryer. But, if it’s just the two of us, I’ll fire up my Fry Daddy fryer. It’s the perfect size for both of us. It fries everything perfectly. And as an added bonus, it doesn’t use a lot of oil, which saves me money.
This copycat of Long John Silver’s hush puppies is flat-out fantastic. For something a little different you’ll also love my okra hush puppies!
When I was a kid Long John Silver’s was my favorite place on earth. That’s why I was dying to make this copycat of Long John Silver’s chicken planks. I always got the Fish N’ More meal (with extra crispies… the little pieces of fried batter left floating around in the deep fryer basket).
The ‘More’ of the meal was a few hush puppies, sides, and oh yes, chicken planks. Fried in the same great crunchy batter as the fish planks, chicken planks were just as addicting as the fish. And oddly (for me as a kid), just as good with malt vinegar sprinkled on them. I would put an amazing amount of malt vinegar on everything in the basket. Or anything I got at Long John Silver’s. Fries, hush puppies, it didn’t matter.
I don’t get my deep fryer out that often but when I do, a copycat of at least one thing from Long John Silver’s, such as these chicken planks, is on my menu. Everything is easy to make, takes almost no time at all, and always gives me an excuse to get out the malt vinegar. Like hush puppies. Yes, I put malt vinegar on my hush puppies.
As a kid, my hands-down favorite fast food place was Long John Silver’s. And although I loved the fish and fries, I have to admit my favorite things were the little crunchies. You know, the little pieces of fried batter that would end up in your food basket. I loved them. I would even ask for ‘extra crunchies’ when I ordered. Fortunately, I can get all the crunchies I want when I make this copycat Long John Silver’s Fish-and-Chips.
If I want extra crunchies I just add a few drops of batter to the oil and in seconds… extra crunchies! And don’t forget the hush puppies! No Long John Silver’s copycat meal is complete without them. This copycat Long John Silver’s Fish-and-Chips dish will bring back memories of the last time you stopped by the restaurant!
For something a bit different, dip your fries in my malt vinegar aioli instead of good-ole ketchup.