How to make polenta

How to make polenta

This recipe for how to make polenta is as simple as it gets. It’s quick and easy but the end result is a joy to eat.

What is polenta?
Polenta is the Italian cousin to cornmeal or grits. It is also made from corn and is porridge like when cooked. Depending on how much water you add when you cook the polenta results in the polenta being a different consistency. Therefore the more water you add the softer and more porridge like the polenta becomes and the less water that you add the harder and stiffer it gets

Polenta is a great alternative to other starches in the meal. It a great vehicle for saucy dishes such as bolognaise, eggs and ragu. It can also be used as a vehicle for non-saucy food such as roast chicken, fish or vegetable dishes. Polenta is great to eat for a change and I really encourage you to try it. This grain can be made to be soft and porridge-like and eaten as is or it can be made harder and moulded into shapes such as chips, rounds or balls to name a few.

I hope that you find this tutorial helpful and that it encourages you to try polenta out in the future

1 cup polenta

4 ½ cups water

½ tsp salt

2 Tbsp parmesan cheese (optional)

Place the water in a pot on the stove
Add the polenta and the salt and bring the water to the boil
Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook the polenta for 10 minutes making sure to stir frequently so that the polenta doesn’t stick or burn

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