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.