1 c. plain cornmeal (must be plain)
1 tsp.salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 c. boiling hot water
1 c. shortening or vegetable oil

Mix all ingredients together. Add water, a little at a time while stirring. Mixture should be a little stiff, not loose. Shape into little round patties. Fry in hot oil for 3 minutes on both sides until golden brown.

As a little girl, I was always fascinated at how my Mom was able to form this very hot mixture into these, what look like perfect little footballs. Well, for me, I was given the name “Tender Paws” for the inability of being able to handle such hot stuff. My mother also added a little bacon grease to her mixture. Add you some homemade pinto beans, garden turnip greens. You got some good eatin’! No forks needed for these! Just your God-given utensils! – yo’ fingers! Hope this recipe brings you as much joy as it does my family

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