Easy CornMeal Porridge

A breakfast favorite made of cornmeal boiled in milk.

CornMeal Porridge: A Caribbean breakfast staple made from cornmeal, boiled in milk and spices. #HomeMadeZagat

Breakfast is usually the meal of champions. The most important meal to get you started for the day. In the Caribbean one of the most popular breakfast items is porridge. Porridge is basically a grain boiled in milk or water. Cornmeal is one of the popular grains used. People also use green banana and oatmeal as options. 

Here's an "easy as pie" oatmeal porridge that can sustain you till lunch and is full of flavor
When we were growing up I loved waiting on my mom to finish make the porridge simmer on the pot. The smell of all the spices was enough to make me excited. My sister on the other hand not so much. She insisted she was not a bear so she was not having any porridge. More for me!!

There isn't much you need for porridge. Milk, grain, your sweetener, and some spices.

CornMeal Porridge: A Caribbean breakfast staple made from cornmeal, boiled in milk and spices. #HomeMadeZagat

The trick to making sure your porridge is not lumpy is to make sure to mix the cornmeal with some water prior to putting it on the stove. Making it into a paste helps the cornmeal to start swelling while the water boils and makes it easier to mix

CornMeal Porridge: A Caribbean breakfast staple made from cornmeal, boiled in milk and spices. #HomeMadeZagat

You add your milks and sweeten to your liking.

Some people like their porridge thick. Some people like their porridge solid. And some people like their porridge thin.

To get the texture that you want, you add milk as needed. A little at a time.

CornMeal Porridge: A Caribbean breakfast staple made from cornmeal, boiled in milk and spices. #HomeMadeZagat

Then you dive in, one spoon at a time. Each slurp full of cornmeal, a hint of bay leaf and cinnamon and nutmeg. Complete it with some fruits and a cup of homemade chocolate tea.

CornMeal Porridge: A Caribbean breakfast staple made from cornmeal, boiled in milk and spices. #HomeMadeZagat


Being a bear has its benefits.




Easy Cornmeal Porridge
CornMeal Porridge: A Caribbean breakfast staple made from cornmeal, boiled in milk and spices. #HomeMadeZagat
by Home Made Zagat
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Keywords: breakfast cornmeal Caribbean
Ingredients (Serves 1)
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 2 plus 1/2 cup water (divided)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
Instructions
Add 1/2 cup water to cornmeal in a bowl. Mix together and crush any lumps
Add 2 cups of water to boil
Add cinnamon, nutmeg, bay leaf and salt
Add cornmeal mix and lower stove to simmer
Mix well, removing lumps
Add milk and condensed milk
Simmer till warmed through
Serve
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CornMeal Porridge: A Caribbean breakfast staple made from cornmeal, boiled in milk and spices. #HomeMadeZagat

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