Try this wonderfully tasty delight made with cheese and pimientos, coated in an amazing batter. These hush puppies will be sure to keep your dinner guests happy, but yet wanting more!



12 servings

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

12 minutes


83 kcal


  • ½ cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tbsp jarred pimientos, drained

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 cup powdered Parmesan cheese

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 30g (1 oz) cream cheese (2 tbsp), softened

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 2 tbsp minced onions

  • 2 tbsp jarred pimientos, drained

  • ⅓ cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • ½ to 1 cup lard or coconut oil, for frying


  • To make the pimiento mayo, whisk together all the ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Taste and adjust the flavour balance as desired. (Note: The mayo can be made up to 2 days ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container.)
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the powdered Parmesan and baking powder to make the hush puppies. Combine the softened cream cheese, beaten egg, and onions in a mixing bowl. Combine the pimientos and cheddar cheese in a mixing bowl. If the mixture is too soft to form into a ball, cover and chill it; it will firm up as it cools.
    If the dough is still too soft after chilling, add 1/4 cup more powdered Parmesan.
  • When you’re ready to fry the hush puppies, pour 1/2 cup lard into the tallest, thinnest pot you have. Heat the lard over medium-high heat to 190°C/375°F. The hot fat should be at least 1 1/2 inches deep; if necessary, add more lard to the pot.
  • Form 2 tbsp of the hush puppy dough into a 1-inch ball. Drop a few balls at a time into the hot fat with a spoon. Fry for 4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the heat and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with the rest of the hush puppies.
  • Serve the hush puppies with the pimiento mayo on a serving platter.
  • Refrigerate extra hush puppies and mayo in separate airtight containers for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat the hush puppies, either place them in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven or fry them in a greased skillet on all sides for about 5 minutes, or until warmed through.

Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories83
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 2.9g 5%
    • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Sodium 798mg 34%
  • Total Carbohydrate 2.1g 1%
    • Sugars 0.8g
  • Protein 11.8g 24%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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