Buttermilk Hush Puppies
2 cups self-rising flour
2 cups self-rising white cornmeal
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 large onion, grated
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
2 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
Combine first 5 ingredients; stir in onion and, if desired, jalapeño.
Whisk together buttermilk and egg; add to flour mixture.
Pour oil to a depth of 3 inches in a Dutch oven; heat to 375°.
Drop batter by level tablespoonfuls into oil; fry, in batches, 5 to 7 minutes or until golden.
Drain on paper towels.