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Country Ham Hot-Water Cornbread

Yield 1 dozen


  • 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

How to Make It

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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