Country Ham Hot-Water Cornbread

Southern Living
1 dozen


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2 cups white cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup half and half
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups finely chopped cooked country ham
2 cups boiling water
vegetable oil
softened butter


Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl; stir in half and half and 1 tablespoon oil Gradually add boiling water, stirring until batter is consistency of grits. Stir in 1 to 2 cups finely chopped cooked country ham.

Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 inch into a large heavy skillet; place over medium-high heat. Scoop batter into a 1/4 cup measure; drop into hot oil, and fry, in batches, 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Serve with softened butter.

NOTE: The amount of boiling water needed varies depending on the type of cornmeal used. Stone-ground (coarsely ground) cornmeal requires more liquid.

Created date

October 2003