If you were raised on fried hush puppies made with a mix of all-purpose flour and cornmeal, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the light texture and bold flavors of this all-cornmeal version.
Combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Whisk together buttermilk and eggs; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Let mixture stand 30 minutes.
Pour oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat to 375°.
Drop batter by heaping teaspoonfuls into hot oil. Fry, in batches, 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on wire racks over paper towels; serve hot.
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