When most people think about cornmeal, they think of cornbread and similar dishes. What you may not realize, though, is that cornmeal is far more versatile than that. In fact, if you keep cornmeal in your kitchen, you'll be amazed at the number of uses you'll find for it around the house and beyond. Here are some of the many ways that you can use cornmeal throughout your daily life.
Have you ever visited a Mexican restaurant with salsa so good that you just wanted a jar to bring home? While there are plenty of delicious, pre-made salsas out there, you can also make delicious salsa in your home kitchen. Here, you will find a quick recipe that results in a brighter, more acidic salsa, along with a not-so-quick recipe that has more depth of flavor and savory notes.
Quick and Easy Salsa
Most commonly used in baked goods and to give fried Southern food, such as hush puppies and catfish, a distinctive "crunch," cornmeal is a versatile recipe addition. Cornmeal is produced when either white or yellow corn is dried and then ground down.
Cornmeal's texture can be coarse, fine, or anything in between depending on how it is milled. Also, if the corn's germ and bran remains, the meal will have a coarser texture.