Hush Puppies

A must with southern barbecue. The story goes that cooks used to make a couple of these up quick in the kitchen to toss to the dogs who were whining for scraps.

  ¾ cup corn meal
  ½ cup flour
  ½ tsp baking powder
  ¼ tsp baking soda
  ¼ tsp salt
  ½ cup buttermilk
  1 egg
  2 tsp bacon drippings
  ½ cup onion, very finely chopped
  minced jalapeños or jalapeño spice (optional)

1. Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl, and mix well, but not too much.

2. Melt enough shortening at 375° in a skillet or deep fryer to completely cover the hush puppies. Drop small balls of batter (approximately 1½-2 inches in diameter), a few at a time, into the hot oil and deep fry until crisp and golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Drain on paper towels, and serve at once. Makes about a dozen.