Corn Meal Mush
3 1/2 cups water, divided
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups yellow corn meal
COMBINE 2 1/2 cups water and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Mix corn meal with remaining water in a small bowl.
ADD corn meal mixture slowly to boiling water, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until mixture is thickened.
FRIED MUSH VARIATION:
PREPARE as above. Pour into 8 x 4-inch or 9 x 5-inch loaf pan; refrigerate for about 1 hour or until set. Remove from pan; cut into 1/2-inch slices.
FRY slices in lightly greased skillet over medium-high heat for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.