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Fried Cornmeal Mush Recipe

I've been eating cornmeal mush ever since I was a little girl. Now it's become popular with my family. I especially love this version because the batter is made ahead of time and fried the next morning.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Cook: 15 min. YIELD:14-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Oil for frying
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  • 1. Boil 3 cups water. Combine remaining water with cornmeal and salt; add to boiling water. Stir until mixture returns to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan. Chill for 8 hours or overnight. Cut into 1/2-in. thick slices.
  • 3. In a large skillet, fry slices in oil until browned on each side. Serve with syrup. Yield: 14-16 servings.

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inkeaau User ID: 6921870 243861
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2016

"Char66 -- I can't figure out how to respond to you. Chill does mean refrigerate. I would follow the directions on the cornmeal. There is no need to make so much or to cook it longer than the directions on the package call for.Some cornmeal takes longer to cook than others. I like the one minute type myself and it will taste just as good as the course ground which has a gritty texture like hard corn."

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Char66 User ID: 8241375 241966
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"I wasn't going to give a star rating yet as my cornmeal mush mixture is just chilling and I haven't tried it yet, but I was unable to post here without doing so. I left four stars for that reason. I'm sure it will be good as I have had such good experiences with all Taste of Home recipes.

I'm writing now because I have a question I hope one of the Taste cooks (or another person who made it and had the same question).
When I added the 1 cup of cornmeal to the reserved one cup of water, it started to thicken immediately. By the time I added the mixture to the remaining 3 cups of now boiling water, it thickened up a LOT within just a minute or two. I went ahead and continued to cook for almost an hour (on simmer) but the consistency never thickened more than it was before cooking? Why was it necessary to cook for an hour??
Second question (maybe a dumb one - although my mother always said there are NO dumb questions ??).
After cooking and pouring into greased (I used butter, hope that's okay) the instructions say to "chill" for 8 hrs. or overnight. That does mean refrigerate, correct? Told you it was dumb."

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0225 User ID: 7522748 18244
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2013

"tast great!"

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connierecipes User ID: 1127630 202024
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"The beauty of this recipe is that you don't have to boil it for a while before simmering. Hot cornmeal and water pops and sputters, and it's easy for it to hit the hand that's stirring it. This recipe allows you to cover it as soon as it starts to boil. Other recipes cook for a shorter period of time, but I'd rather wait the hour than deal with the sputterig hot cornmeal."

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Grannygoodwitch2000 User ID: 5556619 18101
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"I love corn meal mush, and was so glad to find this recipe. I do make mine a little differently...What I make we always called it "Scrapple" or "Paun Haus".

I was taught by my mother & she was taught by my grandfather to use the broth from a pork roast instead of the water, also we take little tiny pieces of the pork roast & stir it in while it is finishing cooking. I only season my pork roast with salt & pepper. Then pour into the loaf pan, cool out completely, slice, flour & fry. Try this sometime for a change of pace. Very very good!"

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Donalee2 User ID: 1654265 43589
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"I HAVEN'T TRIED THIS RECIPE YET BUT MY MOM MADE IT WHEN I WAS A KID . CORNMEAL MUSH WAS ALWAYS MY breakfast AND OATMEAL WAS MY SISTERS. MY HUSBAND IS NOT A FAN OF CORNMEAL ANYTHING SO I HAVEN'T MADE MUCH WITH IT OVER THE YEARS BUT TO ME IT SOUNDS GOOD. I FOUND A RECIPE FOR A POLENTA LASAGNA AND THOUGHT IT SOUNDED GOOD SO GOT TO LOOKING FOR A RECIPE. IF YOU TYPE IN POLENTA YOU CAN'T FIND ANYTHING BUT JUST TYPE IN CORNMEAL MUSH AND SOME COMES UP. I AM GOING TO HAVE FUN WITH THIS."

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wombie User ID: 5672227 18241
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"This was extremely simple and brought back wonderful memories of my grandmother. Was a big hit at our breakfast table this morning"

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clogginggrandma User ID: 3042681 43632
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2009

"My husband was talking about this while we were at the store only his mother fried up sausage and mixed with it before putting it in the loaf. Thought that sounded pretty good- clogger in NE"

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wildpansyks User ID: 955504 20127
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2009

"I am so glad I found this! My grandmother use to make this for me and I use to buy it in the store. Now I can hardly find it and when I do the price is high. Thank you!"

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Linda LK User ID: 3327704 202023
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2008

"I used to buy this in a loaf at the market years ago but haven't seen it for years...I am so glad I found this recipe!!"

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