Miner's Mush Recipe

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My French Canadian grandma used to make this for my dad and all his siblings. It has become a Jordan family staple. I like it with the anise, but feel free to adjust the amount or eliminate it all together. Kids generally don't like it with anise.

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Servings: 4


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  • I cup of corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 cup of sugar (may want to adjust to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 1/4- 1/2 teaspoon of anise


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium. Add the corn meal and toast until it turns golden. Use a wooden spoon to push the cornmeal around the pan. Trust your nose, you should be able to smell when it is nice and toasted. Turn the heat off and mix in sugar and anise using wooded spoon. Next, create a well, and add butter. Mix melted butter with the corn meal mixture. It will crumble and be a little gritty. Turn heat back on medium and gradually add water. Add more or less depending on the consistency you want. The corn meal with thicken and turn into a mush. Serve as you would oatmeal or porridge, add a little milk to moisten.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 157g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 270  
Calories from Fat 32 12%
Total Fat 3.62g 5%
Saturated Fat 1.9g 8%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 27mg 1%
Potassium 65mg 2%
Total Carbs 56.56g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1.6g 5%
Sugars 25.64g 17%
Protein 2.95g 5%
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  • Mihir Shah
    This was really good, Lyndsey. Thanks for sharing - kind of like a homemade and sweet cream of wheat. I would probably use a bit less sugar...
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    • Brian
      Tried this out recently. It was excellent...even my son liked it :) Thanks for sharing this
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      • Brian
        November 21, 2009
        I tried this out recently and even my son liked it :) Very good. Thanks for sharing!
        • Julia Mason
          January 18, 2009
          My dad used to make mush and put buttermilk in it. I like it without the anise, not a licorice fan. I haven't had mush in a long time, might have to make it soon.
          • John Spottiswood
            January 29, 2008
            This sure sounds like a throwback to simpler days. I know my kids will like the name "Miner's mush"! We'll try it this weekend and I'll send you some feedback. Thanks for sharing, Lyndsey!

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