Hominy is maize (corn) which has been soaked in a weak wood lye solution and then hulled. Adopted from the Indians, hominy became a basic food for American pioneers. Boiled until it was tender, it was frequently served instead of potatoes.

Hominy is also ground to a coarse meal which is called hominy grits. In the Deep South, grits are made into a porridge and traditionally eaten for breakfast with butter and milk. The cooled porridge may be cut into wedges, lightly floured and fried in a little fat until golden brown.

Hominy may also be made into cakes, breads, muffins and puddings.