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Cornmeal, or anything else, mush

By Beverly Elander
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I think the actual dish is fried cornmeal mush, but Mom made it with whatever left-over hot cereal we had the day before. She brought us up on the adage “Waste not, want not.”

So it came to be that there was a little over a cup of cold wheat cereal in my refrigerator, it was Saturday evening, I was leaving on a jet plane early the next morning, and needed to use up left overs.

I melted a tablespoon of butter in a hot, non-stick fry pan until it sizzled. Three-quarter inch slices of cold cereal were carefully placed in the hot skillet and fried until brown, at which point they were flipped and side two was browned.

Slices were arranged on a plate, lightly salted and drizzled with real maple syrup. Or you could sprinkle the fried mush with sugar and cinnamon, or powdered sugar. Or you might top it with fresh fruit like bananas or berries.

Fried mush is great comfort food for a winter’s evening. Add a dollop of whipped cream and serve it to guests as dessert. It is one of those versatile foods limited only by your imagination.

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