How to Make Cornmeal Mush (It's Easy)
How To Make Cornmeal Mush For Breakfast
Have you ever had cornmeal mush? Although the name doesn't sound appealing, it may soon become one of your favorites for breakfast. It's the hot cereal made from cornmeal and makes a nice change from oatmeal or cold cereals first thing in the morning.
Starting your day with a warm bowlful of cereal, be it mush, oatmeal, or Cream of Wheat, keeps you satisfied until lunchtime rolls around. No more quick, calorie-laden, mid-morning snacks when you start the day with one of these three. In some countries, it will be called creamy polenta and is served alongside meats and stews. If you've ever had grits, made from hominy, it is similar.
Below you will see just how easy it is to make cornmeal mush or polenta in almost no time at all. Why not treat yourself and your family to a warming bowl and discover for yourself, the satisfying rich corn taste.
Rate Cornmeal mush
- 3/4 Cup Cornmeal
- 3/4 Cup Cold Water
- 2 1/2 Cups Boiling water
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- Mix together cornmeal and cold water, in a medium saucepan. This is the time to make sure you remove as many lumps as possible. Notice the color change as it cooks. ****Be Warned! As this boils it will splatter and it will burn if it hits your skin. It's almost volcanic!****
- Stir in boiling water and salt.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.
- Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to low. Continue cooking for 10 minutes. As you cook, the your mixture will become smoother in texture as the corn absorbs the water.
How to Serve Cornmeal Cereal or Polenta
Pour the hot cornmeal mush into a cereal bowl, top with sugar (brown or white) or honey if you prefer. You can also add a knob of butter for extra richness. Mix this into the mush. If it is still a little thick for your liking add milk and mix.
You can also place a dollop of jam, raisins or even chopped apples in it. Don't stop there though, adding cinnamon or nutmeg would also add to the variations of this healthy breakfast cereal. Any flavorings or additions that you might use for oatmeal can be used here.
This is good wholesome food and a great way to start any day. Nothing artificial in there.
Kids love this and it is much healthier than most of the popular breakfast cereals on the market.
Fried Cornmeal Mush & Toppings
Although I am writing about using it as a warm cereal, it also can be fried once it has been allowed to set. This can be done by pouring the cooked mixture into a greased loaf pan or shallow baking dish. Refrigerate this overnight to allow it to firm up. The next morning it can be sliced, dredged in flour and then fried.
***Remember that splatter guard***
Drain on paper towels to remove the excess oil.
This can be served with syrup or jam.
Although the above method is the way most people eat it, growing up, in our house it was fried without the flour, and fried until crispy. This was then drained on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. It was like a big corn chip! I can still remember hoping that if my mother gave my sisters first choice, that they wouldn't take the crispiest ones, they were always my favorite.
When I have spoken with my friends, they said, in their families, they used maple syrup on their fried mush.
More breakfast ideas
- How to make milk toast
If you love cinnamon toast then you will love this comfort food called milk toast. You may remember it from your childhood. Here's how to make it and bring back those happy memories.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 Mary Wickison