photograph by Matt Hulsman

2 cups milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup cornmeal
¼ cup butter, melted
3 tablespoons bacon or ham drippings
3 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 375˚. In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a boil, whisking occasionally. While whisking, pour in dry ingredients. Whisk to incorporate ingredients until mixture is “like mush.” Add butter, drippings, and eggs; mix until uniform. Pour into 1½-quart greased casserole dish and bake until lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Don’t overcook; it should be soft. Serve hot.

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For several years, Our State featured recipes from the pages of community and church cookbooks from around North Carolina. These dishes continue to be among some of our most popular and enjoyed.