Sea Puppies

1 cup
Cornmeal, whole-grain, organic
1/4 cup
All-purpose flour
4 tbls
Dried parsley flakes
1 tbls
Paprika
1 tsp
Ground thyme
1 tsp
Garlic powder
1 tsp
Dried mustard
1/2 tsp
Baking powder
1/2 tsp
Salt
1/2 tsp
Red pepper flakes
1/2 cup
Buttermilk
1 large
Egg
1/2 cup
Onion, minced (about 2 oz.)
3 oz.
Canned sardines (about 14-16 fish)
1 Qt.
Organic Canola oil (for frying the sea puppies)

YIELD: 4 portions or 28 sea puppiesPer Serving: 233 Calories; 6g Fat; 12g Protein; 35g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 84mg Cholesterol; 503mg Sodium.  (20% Daily value for calcium based on a 2,000 calorie/day diet).

These addicting hush puppy-type fritters contain minced sardines to boost extra vitamin D and calcium to any meal. Sprinkle these with balsamic vinegar to really bring out all the flavors of the seasonings and serve them with a cup of “Chilled Cucumber, Cashew, and Mukimame Soup” for a calcium-rich first coarse before a light summer supper at the beach.

  1. In a deep heavy-bottomed pot, heat the oil to 375ºF. In a medium bowl; combine the dry ingredients. In a separate small bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg and onion. Drain and mince the sardines.

  2. Drain and mince the sardines.

  3. Stir wet ingredients into dry; stirring to mix well but do not overbeat. Fold minced sardines into the batter.

  4. Drop one teaspoon at a time into the hot oil. Fry until the hush puppies will turn golden brown and float to the top surface of the oil.

  5. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

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