Kook's Korner: More Fluffy Food

by Robrt L. Pela

What is it about Fifties cookbooks and the word “Fluff,” anyway? You can open practically any cookbook published during the middle of the last century and find a half-dozen recipes with the words “Fluffy” or “Fluff” in their titles.

My favorite is Fried Cornmeal Fluff, which sounds like a culinary impossibility, but I swear I have that one somewhere. As soon as I figure out which of my cookbooks it’s in, I’ll share it with you here. Meantime, here’s a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Lunches and Brunches that answers the age-old question, “What am I going to do with all this leftover hominy?”

Hominy Fluff with Hash

1 cup quick-cooking hominy 2 1/3 cups milk 2 ½ cups water 1 ¼ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons margarine ¼ cup snipped parsley 3 slightly beaten egg yolks 3 egg whites 1 1-pound can corned-beef hash, heated

Cook hominy, milk, water, salt, and margarine about five minutes or till thick, stirring frequently. Cool 10 minutes and stir in parsley and egg yolks.

Add dash salt to egg whites, beat till stiff; fold into grits mixture and pour into buttered ring mold. Place in shallow pan; pour in hot water to depth of 1 inch. Bake at 325 degrees or till knife inserted comes out clean. Unmold; fill center with hot corned-beef hash.

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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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