We had this a lot growin' up and when you did not prepare to fix the basic recipe in advance, you could go to the piggly wiggly or local Solo market and buy a package of cornmeal mush. ( looked a lot like what veleveeta comes in these days, a square that you sliced and fried up)I have my GMa's recipe somewhere but for quick-like sake, I got the recipe from Ozark Mountain heritage and culture, I remember that basically it is the same. Cook it up, refridgerate in loaf pan and dredge (if ya like) in cornmeal or flour, fry it up in bacon grease. Salt and pepper to taste or maple syrup for sweet.
In a small bowl, combine the cornmeal and cold tap water.
Meanwhile, in a 2 quart pan, combine the salt and hot water. Bring it to a boil over high heat.
While the water is heating, add the cornmeal mixed with the cold water. Combining the cornmeal with cool water before adding it to the boiling water keeps the cornmeal from lumping up when it hits the hot water.
When the water and cornmeal boil, reduce the heat to low. Allow the mush to simmer for about 10 minutes, or until it is nicely thickened. If your cornmeal is less than fresh, you may add half a tablespoon of sugar to make it taste fresher and sweeter.
Take this mixture, pour in to loaf pan(s) and place in fridge, covered with foil or plastic wrap, for at least 12 hours.
If you are using store bought mush: Proceed from here:
Remove from frige, slice in 1/4 to 1/2 in slices. Dredge in flour or cornmeal (you can also skip this dredgin step) and fry in bacon grease in iron skillet until brown and crispy- about 2 to 3 mins a side. Drain on paper towel.
This is a fantastic replacement for taters and you can use salt and peppa, serve with fried eggs and bacon. You can also put syrup on them for a sweet treat. You can cover them in gravy (tomato or milk gravy) have them as a savory side. It is yummy with cheese, garlic butter, herbs of choice, etc..Your imagination is the limit.