Cornmeal Mush is topped with leftover Pulled Pork in this easy and filling dish.
Cornmeal Mush is one of those things I never think to make more regularly. Which is too bad, because the bambino loves it. He loves cornbread, polenta (which is a different grind), grits (also different), and he got really excited when I told him I could make Fried Mush (he doesn’t remember having it before). He doesn’t seem to be too fond of hominy, but maybe he just needs a little more exposure to it.
This was the result of trying to find a way to use up the remains of the pulled pork that was on our grilled pizza not that long ago. I always go for the biggest pork butt I can find/afford, because A) Jay would live off nothing but pork if I let him, and B) we usually get at least two, sometimes three meals from it. Pulled pork sandwiches are a given, and between the three of us, that usually takes care of about half. But then there’s still the other half that needs to be used up.
When I went looking for ideas, they were all for things that required ingredients I didn’t have, and didn’t feel like venturing out to purchase. Then I found this recipe. I had cornmeal, already-cooked pulled pork, pickled jalapeños, cheddar cheese, and more BBQ sauces than any three individuals really need.
Dinner was served. And it was delicious.
In a small bowl, combine the cornmeal with 1 C water. *The cornmeal will bubble and splatter as it thickens. You may want to stir while wearing long sleeves or a longer oven mitt.br][br]Recipe inspired by [Running to the Kitchen
In a medium saucepan, add the salt to the remaining 3 C water and bring to a rolling boil. Slowly add the corneal mixture, stirring constantly.
Reduce the heat to medium, and continue to stir constantly, until the mixture is thickened (anywhere from 15-25 minutes).* Stir in the pepper.
Remove from the heat, cover, and let stand for 5 minutes.
To serve, divide the mush between bowls. Top each with 1/4 C of cheese and 1/2 C of the pulled pork. If using, also add the jalapeños and BBQ sauce.
In a small bowl, combine the cornmeal with 1 C water.
*The cornmeal will bubble and splatter as it thickens. You may want to stir while wearing long sleeves or a longer oven mitt.br][br]Recipe inspired by [Running to the Kitchen