5 Ingredients or Fewer

Fried Mush

April 20, 2010
Author Notes

I realize that the name does not sound promising, however ... when we were kids my Mom and my Stepdad had a cool old VW camper van, you know the kind with the mini fridge and the fold down table, and a bunk area in the back? They would pack the van and we would go camping, first in Baja and around California, then later in New Mexico and Colorado ... Mom always packed her iron skillet and everything needed for fried mush, which is somehow better eaten outdoors by a morning campfire but still delicious in my kitchen just now ... Mom also instructed me not to go messing with the recipe as I am wont to do, but rather to cook it as it is meant to be cooked. My Mom is an artist ... I didn't inherit her talent for creating visual art but I do think that my inherited creativity comes out in the kitchen. For more on Mom's art check out : www.marysegal.com - aargersi —aargersi

Test Kitchen Notes

The thought of eating this around a campfire had me yearning for my childhood camping days. I would have never eaten this as a child, but I've learned to eat hot cereal of all types. However, I've never fried it before! When I poured the whole grain Cream of Wheat into my buttered pie pan, I was skeptical that the next day I would be able to cut it into wedges. Lo and behold, it worked! Frying the wedge in butter created a slightly crispy golden crust on each side (I turned mine over and cooked the other side). I didn't have golden raisins, but I quartered some prunes (about a half cup) and I drizzled it with maple syrup. It was delicious! A fun twist on a boring breakfast cereal! - nannydeb —The Editors

  • Serves 4
  • 3/4 cup whole grain cream of wheat (my Grandma used cornmeal sometimes and Mom also uses grits - any will work)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • a handful of golden raisins
  • butter
  • honey
In This Recipe
  1. Do this the night before, or first thing in the morning if you are prone to eating later. Butter an 8x8 square baking dish (or a pie plate if you want wedges).
  2. Bring the salt and water to a boil, then stir in the Cream O Wheat and raisins, and cook until it is a thick porridge (I did mine according to directions - 2 1/2 minutes). Pour the porridge into the baking dish and cool over night or until it is solid and sliceable.
  3. Heat a decent sized pat of butter in a skillet and cut the mush into 8 pieces. Fry them on both sides until they are nice and crisp, then serve with a drizzle of honey. That is all there is to it! Oh - well then someone gets to scrape the crispy bits out of the pan and eat them.

See Reviews

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • RMScott
  • coffeefoodwrite
  • mariaraynal
  • Abra Bennett
    Abra Bennett
  • drbabs
I work in databases by day, but creativity is my outlet. Food - imagining it, making it, sharing it. And art, I come from a family of artists and have been collaging in my garage studio. You can see my work on Etsy in my shop AbbiesGarage https://www.etsy.com/shop/AbbiesGarage?ref=search_shop_redirect