Cod-Stuffed Hush Puppies with Savory Peach Jam


Cod-Stuffed Hush Puppies with Savory Peach Jam

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    Deep-fried cornbread balls filled with buttery cod get an extra kick of flavor from savory, spicy peach jam.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 20
    2 tbsp. Hy-Vee salted butter
    1 medium onion, chopped
    ½ c. peach preserves
    ½ c. That’s Smart! original barbeque sauce
    ⅛ tsp. Hy-Vee cayenne pepper
    Hy-Vee vegetable oil, for frying
    1 (12-oz.) pkg. frozen Fish Market Alaska cod fillets, thawed
    1 (12-oz.) pkg. onion flavored hush puppy mix
    1 c. water
    ¾ c. Hy-Vee finely shredded extra sharp Cheddar cheese
    4 slice(s) Hy-Vee sweet smoked bacon, cooked and finely chopped
    1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped, plus additional for garnish*

    Things To Grab

    • Medium saucepan
    • Deep-fat fryer or large heavy saucepan
    • Paper towels
    • Medium bowl
    • 1-Tbsp. rounded metal scoop


    1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook for 15 minutes over medium-low heat or until very tender, stirring frequently.

    2. Stir in preserves, barbeque sauce and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1 minute or until bubbly, stirring frequently. Cool jam to room temperature.

    3. Heat oil to 350 degrees in a deep-fat fryer or large heavy saucepan suitable for deep-fat frying. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for quantity of oil in deep-fat fryer. For heavy saucepan, use at least 1-1/2 in. of oil.

    4. Pat cod fillets dry with paper towels. Chop into 1/4 in. pieces. Combine hush puppy mix, water, cheese, bacon, 1 finely chopped jalapeño pepper and cod in a medium bowl until combined.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes. When working with hot peppers, wear protective gloves.
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    5. Drop batter into hot oil using a 1 Tbsp. rounded metal scoop. Fry in batches of 6 to 8 for 3 to 3-1/2 minutes or until golden and cooked through, turning once. Drain on paper towels.

    6. To serve, transfer to a paper-lined basket or bowl. Garnish with additional jalapeño pepper, if desired. Serve with peach jam.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Nutrition facts cannot be accurately calculated for fried foods.
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