I used to hate polenta. The first time I had it, it was from a plastic tube I got at Trader Joes. Normally I would be the first to get down and propose to Trader Joe any day... but his polenta was not impressing me. That changed when I visited my sister and we made polenta together. Since then polenta has become one of my go-to meals.  I can make a big batch and then refrigerate the leftovers to slice into cubes or patties for grilling and pan frying. Polenta can be turned into a classy dinner with something like shrimp and oven roasted tomatoes, or it can be transformed into a comfort food by adding some pepper and a lot of cheese!

Do you see why polenta is so great?
Polenta with Parmesan
2 c water
1 c vegetable broth
1 c polenta or cornmeal
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 c shredded parmesan cheese
feta cheese

-Bring water, vegetable broth, and salt to a boil, then reduce the temperature
-Add the polenta or cornmeal to the liquid and stir
-Stir continuously and reduce the heat as the mixture begins to thicken (if it bubbles when it is too thick it may splatter and burn you... speaking from past experience!)
-Continue stirring until desired consistency, about 20-30 minutes
*The longer you cook it the more it will congeal when refrigerated
-Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes, then add salt and pepper to taste
-Add parmesan and stir in thoroughly; make sure it is melted
-Scoop a serving of polenta into a bowl and garnish with feta and tomato... or anything really.

*I once made a balsamic reduction and drizzled it over polenta with asiago- I highly recommend it.


Jacqueline 4/1/11, 6:19 PM  

My husband just sent me the link to tastespotting last night and said, "You will love this site!" Though I'm not on the computer much, I found your polenta recipe moments ago and thought for the first time in my life (like you had done at Trader Joe's) perhaps this was a dish I could actually make and enjoy on my own. Thank you for a beautiful photograph and the inspiration to make polenta :)

kayleighforhope 4/1/11, 6:54 PM  

Love a good, simple polenta recipe.

Mary 4/1/11, 9:37 PM  

This really looks and sounds delicious. I really have to try this. Have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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~MaryJane 4/10/11, 11:56 AM  

Try cheese polenta with a poached egg on top. Runny yolk makes the best sauce! mmmmm

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