While both the northern and southern armies established and operated
commissary departments to see to the acquisition and distribution
of food stuffs to the men in the ranks during the Civil War, there
was never any attempt to impose an orderly, uniform, or nutritious
control over how such things were prepared.
Mock Oyster Fries: This was a common meal in the South when food
was scarce and only the most basic ingredients were available
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup flour
- Pinch of salt to taste
- Pinch pepper
- 2 cups of whole-kernel corn
Beat the eggs and add the flour gradually, mixing until smooth.
Add the seasoning and corn; mix thoroughly. If the mixture is too
thick, add a little water. Separate the mixture into balls and flatten
into oyster shapes. Heat some oil in a skillet and fry the "oysters"
until slightly brown on both sides.