Creamy Polenta Taste Test
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Oh my goodness! This recipe for polenta was so simple to toss together and cook up but absolutely delicious. A side dish alternative to something like rice or quinoa, polenta makes a great addition as a healthy carbohydrate for a meal. Similar to grits, polenta is usually made with a courser variety of ground corn, giving it more texture. Polenta makes a great side dish as well as a tasty breakfast if you have any leftovers!
Makes 6 servings
Cook Time: 25 minutes
*1 cup cornmeal
*2 tablespoons butter
*4 cups water
*1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste (regular table salt is fine, but kosher tastes best)
*Salt and pepper
*Bring 4 cups water to boil in a medium saucepan.
*When the water boils, whisk in 1 cup corn meal in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Continue whisking until the polenta begins to thicken (around 1 to 2 minutes).
*Add 1 teaspoon salt.
*Reduce the heat so that the polenta bubbles slowly.
*Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes.
*When the polenta is complete, turn off the heat and add 2 tablespoons butter, and more salt and pepper to taste.
*If the polenta becomes too thick, you can stir in a bit of milk or water to loosen it up.
Recipe and Taste Tester - Alina Gersib