A corn product made from hominy that has been coarsely cracked. (Hominy is also coarsely ground
. There are medium and finely ground versions, too.) Traditionally, the word samp
, from the Algonquin, nasàump
, referred simply to “hominy” and was not a name given to a specific type of hominy or as a reference to the size of the pieces after cracking or grinding, and so, over the years, the word samp
, became a term that was interchangeable with the term hominy
. Since American colonial times, the word has also been used as a name for cereal, cornmeal mush, or porridge made from hominy.
Samp can be boiled or fried and served as a side dish. It can be combined with other ingredients, such as meat, or it can be formed into cakes or used as a filler in soups and stews. Samp is also known as “big hominy”; a reference to the size of the pieces after cracking.