Corn holds a large part in the history of Jamaican food. The Taino people had green thumbs and agriculture was one of the things they were really good at. So it makes sense that this porridge would be eaten across the island. It’s filling, nourishing, and is loved by young and old alike. Corn porridge is usually served for breakfast, but really can be eaten any time you crave something warm, spicy and creamy.
Corn porridge takes a little bit of preparation, but if you have a pressure cooker, it takes most of the busy work out of the preparation leaving you to do other things while it’s cooking. Of course, if you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can always cook it on the stove top. Simmer it for an hour or more until tender.
This porridge has all my favorite spices of fall, cinnamon, nutmeg, (which are traditional) but I always have to Spice it MY way and I add allspice too!
Hominy Corn Porridge
- 1 cup Dried Hominy Corn
- 2 cups Water
- 1/2 cup Coconut milk
- 1 stick Cinnamon or substitute 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Grated Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Ground Allspice
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 cup Sweetened condensed milk or sweetener of choice, brown sugar is good too!
- Vanilla to taste
Rinse hominy and soak in plenty of cold water overnight. When ready to make the porridge, strain and rinse the kernels again. Add to Instant Pot.
Add water, coconut milk, nutmeg, cinnamon sticks, allspice and salt to the pressure cooker pot and stir until combined.
Secure lid, making sure the pressure-release valve is in the sealing position.
Use the manual setting and set the cooking time for 30 minutes on high pressure.
After the cooking time is done. allow the cooker to naturally release pressure for 5-10 minutes. Then turn the valve for natural release.
Once the pressurized steam is released, open the lid. Stir the porridge, the mixture should be reduced and thick. test that the kernels are tender, if not, cook an additional 5 minutes.
Stir in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and additional water, if needed, in order to achieve your desired consistency. Remove cinnamon sticks.
Cook for an additional 5 minutes on the saute setting set to low. Serve warm with additional condensed milk and cut up fruit such as bananas, mango, or pineapple.