Hey y’all! Now you might find it strange that I’m taking part in this given the fact that I live in Canada but what you may not know is that much of my family is from or has connections to the south. My dad and brother were born in Kentucky, I went to the University of Arkansas (go hogs, WPS!), my mom and my sister and her family live in Arkansas just to name a few. I was raised on good ole Southern cooking and traditions. So here’s one of my favorites to share with you and once you’ve checked it out, you should head on over to the rest of the hop and see what other fantastic offerings we have for you. Oh, and be sure to link up YOUR posts too!
Fried Cornmeal Mush
Whenever any of us head to a Bob Evans Restaurant, everyone knows that my mom, brother, daughter and I are going to be ordering fried mush – no question about it! We even snap pictures of it and send them to each other to gloat a little bit when the other ones can’t be there – that’s just how much we love it. Of course, Bob Evans is the only restaurant within 200 miles of us that serves it but my Mom makes a pretty mean plate of it herself. Here’s her recipe for it and a special trick my daughter discovered that makes it turn out perfect every time:
Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup of cornmeal, 3 1/2 cups of water (the trick is that 2 1/2 cups need to be boiling water but reserve 1 cup as cold), a little salt and a little butter to taste.
Instructions: Combine the cornmeal and 1 cup of cold water in a bowl. Once your other water has come to a boil, stir in the salt and butter to it and turn the heat down to low. Add the cornmeal mixture to the pan and cook until it thickens. That takes about 3-5 minutes. Now, butter a loaf pan (or spray with cooking spray but what’s some good ole Southern cooking without more butter?) and pour the mush into the pan. Put this in the refrigerator so it can set up into a loaf – it needs at least a good hour before it will be ready to use but my mom sometimes makes up a batch and puts it in the fridge so we can use off of that loaf for several days. When you’re ready to have some, remove the loaf of mush from the pan and slice it into pieces about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick (I prefer it a little on the thinner side but it really is a personal preference thing). Fry the slices of mush in (you guessed it!) more butter until golden brown – about 3 minutes on each side if using the thinner slices. Delicious just as is or some people like to pour a little maple syrup over it. Yum!
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