Lancaster County, AMISH Cornmeal Mush

"This is delicious served with syrup or ketchup - your preference, and served alongside eggs. We also like to eat it here in Lancaster County with milk - or just browned butter - right after it's cooked. (before putting it in the loaf pan) Otherwise, pour it into the loaf pan & let it cool, then keep it in the refrigerator until cooled completely & it can easily be sliced. This recipe is so simple, I was almost embarrassed to post - but it's what we eat here - and I've seen numerous requests for this - so here it is! ENJOY!"
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  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  • Cover& simmer 10-20 minutes (LOW heat).
  • Pour into a loaf pan.
  • Cool and then cut into thin pieces.
  • Fry till golden brown on both sides.

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  1. Gee, ours never made it into the fry pan. And you mentioned syrup so out came the maple syrup. Then out came the black banana and I mushed banana through it, and then added a touch of cinnamon. I'm probably being a Philistine with the recipe but I don't know any better as I have no idea what it should taste like! Yum!!! Thanks for putting the basic recipe down as I wouldn't have thought about using polenta for breakfast :-D
  2. This is a great,simple, homey recipe. I made this twice - this first time preparing it as hot cereal, as suggested in the description, and then the second time chilled, sliced, and pan fried as directed in the steps. Both ways were equally delicious. Thank you for sharing this versatile, quick, and tasty family recipe.
  3. Have made this several times, It is delicious fried and eaten as a beakfast side dish, with eggs or with syrup or jelly. D, Car
  4. I haven't had this for a LONG time either. I had forgotten how to make it. The recipe on the box of cornmeal I have only has the recipe to make a hot cereal so was happy to find your recipe because I prefer mine fried. It is in the fridge waiting to cool so I can slice and fry some for breakfast this morning. Thanks for the recipe,WJKing. I can hardly wait to eat it.
  5. I have not had this for a good long time,very good.


Hello, and welcome to my recipe collection online! My full-time career is that of Realtor...I was born & raised in the Mennonite faith all of my life. My husband was raised in the Amish faith. Together we have a very rich food heritage from both of our parents- much of which has been passed down through the generations - and I'm happy to share some of these recipes here with you! (including canning & freezing recipes) Hope you enjoy them!
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