Mom's Golden Fried Mush w/Sausage


It’s groovy how certain foods can trigger childhood memories…



Food brings forth strong emotions and seeing a favorite dish on a menu or hearing someone talk about a certain dish can transport us back to being young.  

That’s what fried cornmeal mush does for me…
When Mom or Grandma made it, it was a huge treat.  The aroma of it sizzling in the skillet was mouth watering.  

Hot from the skillet, placed on the plate with a dollop of butter and a swirl of maple syrup, it was heaven - delicious beyond words ~ and it still is to this day!
 



Mom usually served plain mush; meatless.  In later years, she started adding crumbled fried sausage to the batter, or maybe, crumbled fried bacon.  So many options…
If you’ve never experienced fried mush, I hope you give this a try!

Now, you tell me:  what is your favorite childhood food, what food brings back memories for you?  


Mom’s Golden Fried Cornmeal Mush
Printable recipe

Ingredients:

2¾ cups boiling water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup cold water
1 pound pork sausage, fried and crumbled*
Vegetable oil or non-stick cooking spray
Flour for dredging

Method:

Mix cornmeal and 1 cup cold water. 
Gradually add to boiling water and salt, stirring constantly.
Add cooked crumbled sausage.
Cook, about 15-20 minutes, covered, on low heat until thick, stirring frequently.
Grease or spray loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Refrigerate over-night.
Next morning, place small amount of oil in skillet.
Cut cornmeal loaf in slices.
Roll in flour and fry in oil until golden.  
Serve with butter and maple syrup or powdered sugar.
*Omit sausage, it’s delicious plain ~ or add fried crumbled bacon, that’s good also.



ENJOY!


Comments

  1. I remember as a child, listening to the radio at breakfast time. WMT in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They always talked about fried mush for breakfast. I remember it well. I guess in a way, that is why I also love grits. Same family... My favorite childhood memory food would have to be my grandmother's rice pudding and also her German spaetzli.

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    1. Radio is a wonderful thing at breakfast time. :-) Yes, to the grits also, although I never had eaten it until we moved to Louisville when I was in my teens. Spaetzil is great too! In fact, Bill and I just had it for lunch in Lake Geneva Monday. I can imagine how delicious it is homemade. Thanks for your memories, Susan!

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  2. I love how foods are tied to memories like this. Even the smells of them.
    Sometimes I walk back into my own kitchen and the room smells like
    my Mamam's kitchen (grandma). I love that.

    PS: Your post was in my feed this morning. No problems.

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    1. Me too, Ivy! Food is one of the best ways to tie us to our past. It's great to be transported back to those days sometimes!

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  3. O.K., you asked for it! Brains and eggs. My aunt, who lived on a farm, made that quite often for us for lunch when we visited. We all loved it but grew up and got too sophisticated for the dish. Of course, where would I get brains? Whole Foods? Scrapple. Who knows what's in that but I'd order it in a heartbeat if it were on the menu.
    Pickled pigs feet. Enough said.

    The cornmeal mush looks delicious!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    1. Funny, Bonnie with the brains and eggs! My dad always cooked brains and loved it, but I seldom tried it. We lived on a farm, but now I'm wondering where they came from. Wish I had eaten it more and paid attention while he was cooking! I'm thinking they'd be available at our Italian butcher shop in town, seems they have everything. Hope you come across it someday soon. Pickled pigs feet, hmmmm, don't know about that. :-) Thanks for your memories!

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  4. I have never seen anything like this...looks so very delicious and comforting, Pam.

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  5. I can still remember my grandmother showing me how to make mush and how to tell when it was just the right consistency. I've never tried it with sausage or bacon, but it sounds delicious.

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    1. Larry, that's good! Thankfully, mush is an easy thing to make, all it takes it patience to be ready to eat.

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  6. Hi Pam,
    What an interesting dish this is...I never had mush with or without meat, but it reminds me of Polenta...Looks good and easy...I love when food can bring us back to our own families and roots. Your words were lovely to hear...Being Italian I have many fond memories of many types of foods and dishes, but I do remember that when my brothers and I were not well, my mom would make us Pastina, with a little bit of eggs whisked in and grated cheese..It was thick not soupy and it went down so easy...I still love it today. Thanks for sharing and bringing back memories.... Have a great weekend...
    Dottie :)

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    1. Thanks, Dottie! Yes, I would think mush and polenta are very close cousins. It sounds like you have a lot of good food memories, and the one you mention sounds good and tasty. It beats chicken soup, I bet! Thanks for sharing and reminiscing! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. Yes.. there definitely are dishes that remind childhood :)
    This looks like a nice comfort food..

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    1. Thanks, Medeja! It is great comfort food!

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  8. Memories like this are precious, Pam. As far as I can remember, my mother never made cornmeal mush. What I remember are her long johns...lovely dough fried and topped with frosting.
    In Florida, we love grits...in fact, even when I lived in Michigan I looked forward to Howard Johnson's breakfasts, they always had grits!

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    1. Oh, long johns! Lucky you, Barbara! I love grits too, but the only way to have them in this area is to make them yourself. I loved Howard Johnson's blackberry ice cream way back in the day! :-)

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  9. i've never seen this though it looks like something my grandma would've been making for my grandpa all the time! satisfying on every level. :)

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    1. It is good, Grace! Maybe it's more of a midwest/northern thing. It's great fried!

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  10. Pam, It's been years since I've had corn meal mush! I always liked it too. However the only mush I've ever had came from a grocery store or in a restaurant. Never tried making it at home. I haven't been able to find corn meal mush down here in the south land. I've never had it with sausage in it but I do like the idea! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! I'm guessing grits is the southern version of corn meal mush. :-) Hope you try it sometime with sausage, it's a wonderful thing! Take care

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  11. This reminds me of the fried grits that my mother would prepare for us. Our family loved it but your mother's version with sausage and syrup makes what we had very plain. :)

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    1. Hi Karen! I've never had fried grits, sounds good to me. Thanks for the visit!

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  12. Great post, Pam! I've never had mush or grew up with grits but it sounds so good especially with the sausage. I remember Danish frikadellars and Kringle the most.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Oh, there's a lot of Kringle around here and southern Wisconsin! It was new to me when we moved here. It's the best pastry, love it!

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  13. I've never ever had mush but I've read about it all my life. Growing up in Maine, just finding cornmeal in the grocery store was a treat. I LOVE food memories like this.

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    1. Hi Maureen! I love fried mush and evidently eating it drizzled with syrup, is a Midwestern thing. It's a wonderful thing that we all have great food memories!

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  14. Fried mush is good stuff! Love it. I more often eat it soft (with a ragu or something like that on top), but I love it fried for breakfast. Thanks!

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  15. Oh my. I remember on road trips down South eating this at the diners loaded with maple syrup. Now I am drooling, Pam!

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  16. It is amazing how childhood memories are so much connected with food! I love your mush and my most loved childhood meal is Greek chicken with potatoes, casserole! Its smell while baking is unbeatable!

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