09/04/2013 07:34 am ET

Hush Puppies Recipes (PHOTOS)

Spicy Southern Kitchen

We're just going to say it: hush puppies are the best thing to ever happen to cornmeal. If you like cornbread, you'll love hush puppies because they're even better -- and we say that as huge cornbread fans. Hush puppies, which are a gift from the South (like so many of our other favorite foods) are a lot like the Italian's arancini -- only instead of risotto, they're made with corn.

Even if you're not into deep-frying, you'll want to give these hush puppy recipes a try. (We promise, they're worth the effort -- and oil.) While you can never go wrong with your standard cornmeal recipe, we've found some exciting variations with cilantro and squash that have to be tried.

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