Cookbook: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.


  • Fat bacon
  • Cubed cooked beef
  • Cornmeal mush
  • 1 qt water
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)


Chop up a small quantity of fat bacon. Put into a hot iron skillet and fry the grease out of it. Add the beef. Slowly add 4 cups of water. When it boils, add cornmeal mush and stir until dry. Remove skillet from fire. Wait until it cools. Serve warm, like hash.


  • 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.