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How to Make Polenta

How to make polenta is one of those questions I answer a lot. It’s so easy to make yet you can mess it up so quickly. Follow my easy to use directions and you won’t screw it up.

What is Polenta?

Depending on how you cook it Polenta is also known as grits or cornmeal mush. Basically it is medium grind cornmeal. Cook it up nice and thick and it’s polenta, add more water and it’s mush or grits. You can also use varying grind sizes for each of those dishes as well.

Where to buy Polenta?

I buy my polenta in the natural foods section of the local chain store. It’s cheap at 89 cents a pound in the bulk food section. One pound of polenta makes a lot.

  • If you’re buying from the bulk food sections follow these simple rules for the best results.
  • When you bring it home it is a good idea to freeze it for 24 hours to make sure it remains bug-free.
  • Then store it in an airtight container right in the pantry

I have been buying whole grains in the bulk foods area for a long time and not once have I had that problem but I don’t EVER want to have that problem so I freeze.

Polenta is also very versatile. Use it in place of pasta by just having sauce right on top (or ratatouille)of it or fajita and taco meat on top is great. You can also use it under soup in the bottom of the bowl, by the time you get to it it is flavored like the soup.

My favorite way to cook up a pot, spread it in a loaf pan, chill it, slice it and fry it as a side to eggs or a light salad. This is our absolute favorite way to enjoy polenta.

How to Make Polenta

The best and easiest way to cook perfect polenta

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups polenta
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

    In a large saucepan bring water to a boil

    reduce heat to medium/low and slowly whisk in the cornmeal

    cook stirring occasionally over medium/low for 15-20 minutes adding water as need to maintain a creamy consistency

    if you are in a hurry it will be ready to go after 10 minutes but it seems to taste better after a longer cook

    you can also keep slowly adding water and cook it longer if you want

    it is very flexible

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Polenta

4 cups water
1 1/2 cups of polenta/medium grain cornmeal
salt and pepper to taste

In a large sauce pan bring water to a boil
reduce heat to medium/low and slowly whisk in the cornmeal
cook stirring occasionally over medium/low for 15-20 minutes adding water as need to maintain a creamy consistency
if you are in a hurry it will be ready to go after 10 minutes but it seems to taste better after a longer cook
you can also keep slowly adding water and cook it longer if you want
it is very flexible

A few more thoughts:

  • I have found if you want to chill it in a loaf pan you want to cook it with less water so it will set up better for cutting
  • Experiment by adding cheeses or spices and using them in creative ways
  • It may seem like a lot of work but if you made loaf pan while you were already cooking something else and set it to chill in the refrigerator for later use it wouldn’t be all that much work
  • Think how nice it would be to come home, whip up a pasta sauce and serve it over pre-cooked and pan-fried polenta

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4 thoughts on “How to Make Polenta”

  1. My mom and sister make polenta all the time, but for whatever reason I just never seem to think of it when I’m thinking up something to make, but I’ll have to try it now!

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  2. I’m going to give this a try. I buy this stuff and never know what to do with it lol
    I buy lots of stuff but never use it. I so desperately want to cook healthily foods but don’t know where to start. I’ll be copying your white sauce too. how easy that looks.

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