1. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°. Combine cornmeal and next 5 ingredients. Add egg and buttermilk; stir just until moistened. Let stand 10 minutes.
2. Drop batter by rounded tablespoonfuls into hot oil, and fry, in 3 batches, 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Keep warm in a 200° oven.