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Nuts & Grains, Side or Appetizer

Mush (Grits)

Mush (and similar dishes like Oatmeal) were traditionally ‘starvation food’, what the poorest people ate when there was nothing else. Today, it is relegated to breakfast, but in times past it was served at any meal, and was considered a ‘strengthening’ food, so was often served to the sick and elderly. Often it was served with butter, drippings, or scraps of vegetables or meat if there wasn’t enough left for a proper serving.


Serves: about 4



  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 cup Grits
  • Salt
  • Milk or molasses



  1. Boil a pot of water, according to the quantity you wish to make
  2. Stir in the meal till it becomes quite thick
  3. Stir it all the time to keep out the lumps.
  4. Season with salt, and eat it with milk or molasses.


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