Cornmeal is a useful item to have in the cabinet. What is even better is to make your own fresh ground cornmeal. Yesterday I pulled out the grain mill attachment for my kitchen aid stand mixer and some of my home-grown popcorn and made my own cornmeal.
With my fresh cornmeal, I made some cornmeal mush to cook up for Sunday breakfast.
Cornmeal mush is nothing more than ground corn and water boiled together for a bit and then baked, fried or even served hot as is. Cornmeal mush is the name commonly used in the southern United States, but if you are Italian, you may know it as polenta. Basically it's the same stuff with different names and different toppings. In the southern US you will probably see fried cornmeal mush being topped with molassas or maple syrup and eaten for breakfast. In Italy, you may see polenta served with cheese, mushrooms or tomatos. You can find variations of this dish all over the world from Central Europe to Africa to South America.
Polenta lately has become a gourmet item found in high end restaurants and is becoming more popular, but it is still a very cheap addition to any meal. So if you feel like trying some polenta or cornmeal mush, click a few of the links below for a variety of recipies
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