My husband and I are Civil War reenacters and since I am a bit of a foodie I am naturally drawn to Civil War era recipes. A soldiers rations often included: Coffee, Hard Tack, Salted Pork or Beef, Flour, Cornmeal, some salt, sugar, and desiccated vegetables.
In doing research on camp food I found that there are as many Johnny Cake recipes as there opinions (seems everyone has one). The one I used is below. I chose it because it was the simplest and hence the most likely to be authentic.
- 1 cup Cornmeal
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Sugar
- 1 cup Boiling Water
- Mix the salt and sugar with the cornmeal. Add Boiling water and stir until smooth. Well, it never really becomes smooth, just less clumpy. Drop a spoonful of batter onto a well buttered pan. Fry for 5 - 10 minutes per side on medium heat.
Drop (not literally mind you) it and Flip it.
Add more butter (what isn't better with more butter?) and serve with Salt Pork. To try to make this dinner even more authentic I used my home-made butter. It is doubtful that they had access to butter like I do, and so probably fried it in pork fat, but hey I am an artist and claim the right of artistic license.