Recipe by mollypaul
Johnnycake brought west. From the Mississippi Valley chapter of the United States Regional Cookbook, Culinary Arts Institute of Chicago, 1947. Vegetarian if vegetable shortening is used.
Top Review by J-Lynn
Interesting recipe. We tried creamy polenta last week and liked it; now I wanted something with similar ingredients (cornmeal, no flour) but cakelike instead of creamy. This fit the bill. My husband, who likes all things cornmeal and also is fascinated with history, thought this was great. I am not a big fan; it's a tough, plain corn-cake. Slightly moist inside. I halved the recipe and used a 10inch pie plate. I liked it with chili.
- 2 cups cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons fat, melted (bacon fat adds flavor, but lard, butter or vegetable shortening may also be used)
- 2 cups water, boiling