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To Fry Hot Mush. Mrs. T. H. Linsley. Recipe

To Fry Hot Mush - Mrs. T. H. Linsley

History and Fun Facts:
Hot mush, also known as cornmeal mush or simply mush, is a traditional dish that has been enjoyed for centuries. It has its roots in Native American cuisine and was adopted by early settlers in North America. The dish was popular because it was easy to make, inexpensive, and provided a hearty and satisfying meal. Mush became a staple food during times when other ingredients were scarce. Today, it is still enjoyed as a comforting breakfast dish or as a side to complement savory meals.

Hot mush has many variations and can be prepared in different ways depending on personal preferences and regional influences. Mrs. T. H. Linsley's recipe for To Fry Hot Mush offers a delightful twist to this classic dish by adding slices of bacon to enhance the flavor and create a delightful combination of textures.

Recipe:

Ingredients:
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 slices of bacon

Instructions:
1. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
2. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal and salt, ensuring there are no lumps.
3. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook, stirring frequently, for about 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture thickens and reaches a porridge-like consistency.
4. While the hot mush is cooking, fry the bacon slices in a separate skillet until they are crispy.
5. Remove the cooked bacon from the skillet, but leave the bacon drippings in the pan.
6. Once the hot mush reaches the desired consistency, use a spoon to drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the skillet with the bacon drippings.
7. Fry the spoonfuls of hot mush on both sides until they turn delicate brown and crispy.
8. Once fried, place the hot mush on a serving plate, and crumble the cooked bacon on top as a garnish.
9. Serve hot and enjoy as a delicious and hearty breakfast or as a flavorful side dish.

Similar Recipe Dishes:
Hot mush is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed in various ways. Here are a few similar recipe dishes you might want to try:

1. Fried Cornmeal Mush with Maple Syrup:
Instead of frying in bacon drippings, fry the hot mush in a bit of butter until golden brown. Drizzle warm maple syrup on top for a sweet and savory twist.

2. Southern-style Fried Mush:
Prepare hot mush as per Mrs. T. H. Linsley's recipe, but instead of frying spoonfuls, pour the cooked hot mush into a greased loaf pan or casserole dish. Allow it to cool and set in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, slice the chilled mush and pan-fry until golden brown for a crispy exterior and a creamy interior.

3. Savory Mush Patties:
Transform the hot mush into patties by mixing in your favorite seasonings, such as chopped onions, garlic powder, and herbs. Shape the mixture into patties and fry until golden brown on both sides. Serve as a delicious side dish or sandwich filling.

4. Mush and Eggs:
Make a filling breakfast by serving hot mush alongside sunny-side-up eggs. Place a spoonful of hot mush on a plate, top it with a fried egg, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chopped fresh herbs for extra flavor.

Hot mush is a classic dish that offers wonderful comfort and versatility. Mrs. T. H. Linsley's recipe for To Fry Hot Mush with added bacon creates a delicious harmony of flavors and a satisfying meal. Explore different variations and enjoy the warmth and nostalgia that this traditional dish brings to your table.

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