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Cornmeal mush

Corn meal mush is something South Dakota settlers ate frequently.They added molasses and cream when available.


4 c water
1 c cornmeal (yellow corrn meal)
1⁄2 t salt
  molasses (to taste)


  1. Mix the cornmeal with 1 cup of cold water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, bring to a boil 3 cups of water. Add the salt.
  3. Add the cornmeal mix to the boiling water. Bring to a boil again, stirring constantly.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, still stirring.
  5. Once cooked, pour into cereal bowls. Serve with molasses and cream on the side.
Total time
20 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
6 servings


Stirring the cornmeal constantly while it is simmering will get rid of lumps and prevent the mush from sticking to the pan.

People can add molasses and cream to their taste.


South Dakota recipes
very easy, simmer
breakfast, lunch, light meal
North American recipes
Food in U.S.A.