Ingredients

How to make it

  • 1. Bring the water and salt to a boil in a saucepan.
  • 2. Very slowly sprinkle the cornmeal into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  • 3. This must be done slowly and carefully to avoid lumps
  • 4. Cook over low heat, stirring almost constantly. T
  • 5. he polenta will become thicker as it cooks and will eventually start to pull away from the sides of the pot.
  • 6. This will take about 20-30 minutes.
  • 7. Lightly moisten a large flat surface, such as a wooden board or a platter.
  • 8. Pour the polenta onto this board or platter.
  • 9. Serve immediately, hot, or let cool and use in any of a number of ways, including the variations below.
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  • 11. Note:
  • 12. Freshly made hot polenta is a good with many kinds of stews and other braised dishes that provide plenty of flavorful juices for the polenta to soak up.
  • 13. It is also served with grilled dishes.
  • 14. VARIATIONS:
  • 15. Polenta con Sugo di Pomodoro
  • 16. Serve hot polenta with tomato sauce or Meat Sauce
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  • 18. Polenta con Salsicce
  • 19. Serve hot polenta with pork sausages cooked with tomatoes or tomato sauce.
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  • 21. Polento al Burro e Forrnaggio
  • 22. Stir 6 oz fresh butter and 2-3 oz grated parmesan cheese into hot polenta as soon as it is cooked.
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  • 24. Polenta Fritta or Grigliata
  • 25. Let polenta cool and cut it into slices 1/2 inch thick.
  • 26. Pan-fry in oil until a thin crust forms.
  • 27. Alternatively, heat slices on a grill or broiler until hot and lightly grill-marked.
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  • 29. Polenta Grassa
  • 30. This can be prepared in two ways.
  • 31. 1. Pour a layer of hot polenta into a buttered baking dish.
  • 32. Cover with sliced fontina cheese and dot with butter.
  • 33. Cover with another layer of polenta, then another layer of cheese and butter.
  • 34. Bake until very hot.
  • 35. 2. Prepare as in the first method, but instead of the hot, freshly made polenta, use cold polenta cut into thin slices.
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  • 37. Polenta Pasticciata
  • 38. Prepare Meat Sauce, using pork sausage in addition to the beef.
  • 39. Also, add sauté sliced mushrooms to the sauce.
  • 40. Cut cold polenta into thin slices.
  • 41. Fill a baking pan with alternating layers of polenta slices, meat sauce, and parmesan cheese.
  • 42. Bake until hot.
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    " It was excellent "
    mark555 ate it and said...
    Love Polenta thanks for posting it
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    " It was excellent "
    chef_irish ate it and said...
    Great Post...Thanks
    Another Great Recipe!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    jimrug1 ate it and said...
    Nice post Chef ... I love all of your variations....;-)~
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  • theoldrecluse 6 years ago
    DOWNRATED BY insane MOUNTAIN MAMA in one of her usual childish fits of jealousy.

    Recluse
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    " It was excellent "
    newmommy623 ate it and said...
    yet another Italian favorite. I make this often with many different dishes. Thank you.
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Nice one chef Elaine five forks
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    " It was excellent "
    lanacountry ate it and said...
    I am coming to Canada!! YUMMY good good!! :)
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    " It was excellent "
    linspj ate it and said...
    Elaine, We frequently make polenta. Our 2 favorite ways are with parmesan or fontina. It is a delicious side dish. This is such a beautiful post. A big 5 from me! ~Linda
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    " It was excellent "
    flavors ate it and said...
    I just love polenta. Made some about a week ago. Yum Yum! Sometimes after it's cooled we will cut it up and fry it in some butter or place it on the charcoal grill. Thanks for posting. High 5. MJ
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    " It was excellent "
    dagnabbit ate it and said...
    super looking recipe, Cheffie! I appreciate the added variations you put in here too. FIVE

    Pete
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    " It was excellent "
    cookingforfun ate it and said...
    really good recipe. Thanks and a 5 from me
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  • binky67 6 years ago
    I thought I told you to stop it, you're making me FAT! LOL
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    we call this cornmeal mush Chef yummy
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    " It was excellent "
    frodo ate it and said...
    there you go again....greaaaaaaaaaaat recipe...
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  • lilliancooks 6 years ago
    Thank you for all the great ideas for using polenta! I'm make Beef Bourguignon tonight and I'm serving it over polenta! I'll have to try pan seared or grilled next time!
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    " It was excellent "
    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    My Italian grandmother used to put kidney beans in her polenta. It was different and very, very good. High 5 again, elaine.
    Lorraine
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