When I was young we would frequently have a Sunday lunch of johnny cake (cornbread crumbled in a bowl with milk and sugar) and salmon patties. I never knew anyone else who ate cornbread that way, but as an adult I read that cornbread in milk was a favorite of the Pennsylvania Dutch who settled in the Ozarks. My dad’s family was Pennsylvania Dutch so maybe that’s the connection.
I was surprised to learn that most people don’t put sugar on it. Several people mentioned eating it with milk and pepper. Others insist on buttermilk rather than milk. Many people seem to think it must be served in a tall glass, not a bowl, to be authentic.