Hush Puppies
For the Dogs?

Legend has it that Southern fishermen and Civil War soldiers invented this treat as a way to keep Fido quiet. They'd make the fried balls from scraps and throw them to the begging dogs, saying, "Hush, puppy."

When you're having a traditional barbecue, your table isn't complete without this unique Southern bread: hush puppies. These crispy battered cornmeal balls are desired by kids of all ages and are another easy-to-eat dish that's perfect for a large gathering. In fact, you may want to make a double batch because these puppies will be gone in no time. Although you can eat them as they are, try serving up an array of dipping sauces like spicy ketchup, honey mustard, remoulade or aioli to spice things up.