The Civil War was a hard period of time, the time when chefs had to be really creative due to the conditions and lack of materials. It was hard getting all of the ingredients, so chefs used up everything they have had in their hands to prepare at least something that is edible. Well, in some cases they managed to do more than just that, and created meals that we use even today.
this is why in this post we decided to share with you a list of recipes from the Civil War era that still holds true today.
Civil War recipes that we can still find and eat today
1. Cold Ham Cake was a hit during the Civil War
A giant piece of ham, mixed and minced with cinnamon, pepper, ginger and clove. It was mashed into a casserole dish and baked. It is the time for Spam! First on the Civil War Recipes list because spam!
2. Minced Salt Fish
This fish sticks recipe comes from Gorton’s fisherman which was first made in 1800s. A browned mixture of fish, milk and potato served as a cake, with mayo of course! This Civil War Era recipe is actually not that bad
3. Pickled Eggs is another Civil War Recipes fan
Pickled eggs recipe was brought by Germans and it used to be the most favorite meal of the Southern. It was inside a mason jar, red color and people actually loved it, no matter how strange it sounds.
4. Hasty Pudding
The hasty pudding reminds of mushy mixture of cornmeal an water. Hasty pudding originated before Civil War, but it became popular meal during the Civil War.
5. Chicken Pie
Anne Howe has brought a bunch of recipes to the Civil war, one of them was the chicken pie recipe back from 1863s. Very similar to today’s chicken pie just without vegetables and bacon as the only ingredient.
6. Scotch Hash
This breakfast recipe was brought by recent immigrants, published in 1800s in Mrs. Hill’s New Cook Boook. Very similar to modern corned beef hash and eggs.
7. Cheese Biscuit
Made in the era when chefs were short on ingredients, this mixture contains only flour, cheese, butter and salt. Has a great taste, that is why we eat it even today.
Very similar to pickled eggs, lily was a way to preserve over the winter, just like everything else, this can still be found on our shelves.
9. New England Baked Beans
A pound of dried beans is the main ingredient here, and for obvious reasons, it’s pretty awesome. Nothing beats the side dish that can also be eaten as is. Some will add a little maple syrup for some added sweetness.
10. Green Tomato Pie
If you grow tomatoes you know that when the frost comes, it will turn your tomatoes green and end the crops for the year. This is why when it’s time, many people take the green tomatoes before they lose their value, and make this delicious tomato pie. Can’t lose with this one
CAITLIN BENSEL; FOOD STYLIST: REBECCA CUMMINS – via southernlivin
11. Bean Soup
I just love soups, there’s nothing like a good soup, it’s like mixing together all of the earth’s great ingredients and eating them all with one scoop, and this one, oh boy, sprinkle some ham inside and you got your self a treat no one can really resist.
Have you eaten any of these civil war meals? Are any of them tasty? Did we miss any Civil War-Era recipes?