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Soft Polenta

Posted on September 5, 2012 with 0 comments


As you all know, I like to stir.  I actually find it kind of meditative... yes, I really just said that!  Anyway... I think making fresh polenta is so easy that I never resort to the rolls of stuff you can buy pre-cooked.  And, I prefer soft polenta to the firm stuff anyway...

So... couldn't be simpler... 3-4 cups of liquid (I usually combine stock and milk, but water is fine...)  Some salt... and then I whisk in 1 cup of plain old white cornmeal.  I like stone-ground... but there's no reason to spend a fortune on something labeled "polenta."  Coarse grind... fine grind... up to you.

Cook, stirring for about half an hour.  When it's the texture you like, add some butter and Parm... serve in bowls topped with anything you like... just make sure it has some spice and some sauce...  (I like sausage and broccoli rabe, or a creamy shrimp sauce.)

If there's any left unsauced... pour it on a plate and in 20 minutes you'll have some firm polenta to cut up and fry or grill tomorrow.