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FRIED CORNMEAL MUSH

 

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This recipe has been around for a long time. I used to make it for my twins years ago when we lived on the farm. It is great for breakfast served with bacon or sausage.

3 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups cornmeal (I have used yellow and white)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
3 or 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
Maple syrup, honey, sorghum or syrup of your choice
 
Mix cornmeal and salt together in a bowl.  Bring the 3 1/2 cups water to a boil on the stove.  Gradually stir in cormeal. I use a whisk stirring constantly.  Turn down heat and cook until thickens, about five minutes.  Pour mixture into a greased or sprayed loaf pan.  Cover and chill overnight in refrigerator.  Next morning, slice mush in about 1/2 inch slices,  coat with flour, and fry in butter until golden brown.  Remove from skillet and add lots of syrup of your choice.  Enjoy!
 
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Note:  Some people don’t coat the mush with flour.  You can do it either way.  I think it fries better with the flour.
 
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35 Responses

  1. I have made this all my life from Indiana, we had another name for it
    we called it Phonis or some close spelling. I have never made it without fried sausage mixed in at the end of the boiling phase before poured into the buttered dish. in frige overnight slice fry and serve with catsup or syrup and and egg on the side

  2. We grew up on mush and it is hard to find someone who actually as ever heard of it! LOL!! I just use 3 cups water and 1 cup of white cornmeal and put butter on top! Your recipe sounds interesting though and I am going to try it!! Thank you so much for your recipes. I have tried many of them and love them!!!

  3. Yankees call it fried mush. Italians call it polenta.

  4. Yum. We put a little brown sugar in the mush and fried it. My kids just eat it with out the syrup. Just some butter on top! Great with eggs and ham for bteakfast. Or a dinner option without 5 he brown sugar and serve with a pot of beans or chili!

  5. My grandmother here in Texas used to make Fried Cornmeal Mush – I don’t remember if I ate it back then (probably not) BUT have thought about her fried mush several times recently and have wanted to try it in my later years!! Thanks for reviving a good memory!!

  6. I’m from Canada and my mother used to make fried oatmeal same way you make this. I still make it and enjoy it. Thanks.

  7. This was always a treat when my mother made it for us when we were kids. If, by some miracle, there were leftovers she would leave them on the stove for snacking later but they never lasted very long. Instead of using syrup as you’ll find served in some restaurants we always spread jelly on top. One of my favorite foods! Yummy!!!

  8. My husband absolutely loved his mush this morning. Was very surprised! Thank you again for the recipe! Will get a few more servings from our loaf.

  9. I remember growing up my mom made mush for us as a breakfast dish. I just can’t remember how she did it That was about 45 years ago.Now she gone and I’ll never know how she did it Would you know please let me know if you do Thanks

    • This is the only way I know to make it and you can serve it for breakfast.

    • My mom made mush for us when I was little. She made it like the recipe above. She made a big pot of it. We ate it as a hot cereal with butter and sugar. Then she would put the rest of it in a bowl to cool and put it in the fridge over night. Then she’d fry it the next morning with a plate of bacon. Yummy!

  10. OMG This brings back such fond memories. My grandmother used to add pork to it so we had our meat too. Oh how I long for the days of her making up pans of this for us to enjoy. Sadly, my family (after I married and moved away from home) never liked it. So its been forever since I’ve had this. Thanks for the memories of old you’ve brought back to me!

  11. My Mom has often told me about her mother cooking fried cornmeal mush & that was in Maine & all my ancestors have been there for generations. I have since defected to North Carolina! LOL

  12. I used to make fried mush many years ago for my children and had forgotten about it… my kids are now 44yr & 46yrs old. I do make pancakes out of cornbread mix when I make pinto beans… just easier than regular cornbread for only two people having dinner.

  13. Another great use for using up your bacon grease to fry the slices. Looks like this deserves a “Yankee Yum !”

  14. You’ve done it again!! So many great memories. My mom used to make this for us (we grew up in PA and FL). Fried in butter and served with syrup, I loved the crunchy edges!! I’ll have to make this sooner than later.

  15. I’m from south MS and I’ve never had this but my ex mother in law who was a midwesterner would slice and fry leftover grits in butter. I enjoyed it but without syrup. Another leftover my mom fried was cornbread. She would slice the peices in half to make them thinner then fry them to warm them over. mmm. Then I had a friend in highschool who’s mom would just mix up cornbread batter and drop it in grease and fry into patties for us to dip into ketchup for a evening snack. All good but I need to try this one on my son. We always looking for new breakfast ideas. Thanks

  16. It’s also good with sharp cheese melted on the top!

  17. My mother made this as well (we grew up in Maryland and Virginia). Sometimes she crumbled bacon bits or sausage into the mush before it set. Always, always, dipped in flour before frying. Served with butter and syrup.

  18. My mother made this (we grew up in Maryland and Virginia) as well. Sometimes she crumbled bacon bits and sausage into the mush before it set. And always, always, dipped in flour first before frying! Served with butter and syrup.

  19. I love it too and we used to eat it along with fried eggs and bacon and put bacon gravy on it….whew…makes you want to slap your Momma… LOL

  20. My husband and I love fried mush. I put 2 tablespoons of flour in the cooked cornmeal before pouring into the loaf pan to make it a little firmer when slicing. We fry it in butter and sprinkle it with sugar instead of syrup. Yum!

  21. First tried cornmeal mush in Midland, MI. was in the menu at Bob Evens restaurant…yummmmm!

  22. Love, love, love fried cornmeal mush! Ate it all my young life and I’m a Yankee … lol
    Haven’t had any in ages .. my Hubby thinks I’m nuts when I mention it.
    Think I’ll make some just for me today and he can sit and drool when he sees how much I enjoy it … lol

  23. I love cornmeal mush. My mom use to fix it for us and haven’t had it in years.

  24. Really does bring back memories for me. My dear mama would often make fried mush for us when we were kids. Hubby’s not fond of it so I haven’t had it in a long time. Just might have to try out your recipe soon. Thanks

  25. My mom used to make it real often …….love it with just butter!

  26. This brings back memories…My father who is from Arkansas gave us “fried mush” frequently!! I think yankees might know it as polenta? haha we also make fried grits the same way. They are all yummy!!

    • MARGARET! my father who was also from Canehill, Arkansas made this for us too. I make it for my kids and they also love it. I guess the yanks do call it polenta. LOL I now live in Washington State and you should see the looks when I talk about this dish…or many other southern favs of mine. My boys come home from school and request this LOL.

  27. I’ve never had fried cornmeal mush, but it sounds wonderful, Judy. Your kids sure were lucky to have such a good cook for their Mama! I know there are a lot of good memories in these recipes for them.

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