Cookbook:Confederate Cush

Confederate Cush
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Confederate cush is a dish that became popular among the armies of the South during the American Civil War, since it used ingredients that many Southerners had on hand.




  1. Put bacon into a hot iron skillet, and fry the grease out of it.
  2. Add the beef, then slowly add 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add cornmeal mush and stir until dry.
  4. Remove skillet from fire, and let cool.
  5. Serve warm, like hash.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • Can be made with cold cornbread or soured corn pone.
  • Flour can be substituted for cornmeal.
  • Salt pork can be substituted for bacon.
  • If more water is added, it can serve as a stew.
  • Crumbled hardtack can serve in the place of the cornmeal mush.
  • Can be saved for later, like hardtack.