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This was my first polenta ever and I loved it! I used evaporated 2% instead of the half and half and a little extra parmesan. And.. this might sound weird.. I ate it with hot sauce! Yum.. I will definately be experimenting with polenta again. Thanks Mirjam.

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Miraklegirl October 09, 2003

This is a really delicious and easy way to make polenta. I've made this a couple of times and have found that I can substitute evaporated skim milk for the half and half and reduce the amount of butter to 1 Tablespoon. (It's definitely not as extravagant as the published recipe, but nonetheless delicious.) The parmesan adds the perfect touch! We have served it plain, but our favorite way to serve it is to let it cool and solidify a bit in a bowl, cut it into wedges, and serve it with a bit of marinara sauce. Thanks for posting this!

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Akikobay June 01, 2003

I was skeptical that this recipe would be "rich and creamy" because it was so easy to prepare! Perfect and delicious! Thanks Mirj!

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llangrove January 23, 2014

I have always started cornmeal in cold water, so I did the same here. The next time, I may allow the cold water and cornmeal to sit a bit before turning on the heat, to allow the cornmeal a few minutes to soak. It was, like LightEra said, a little crunchy. I'll probably reduce the amount of butter the next time and maybe use less half-and-half (replacing it with water).

Don't skimp on the seasoning. It definitely needs all the salt and as much pepper and cheese as you can handle. A dash of cayenne wouldn't hurt, either.

Four servings is very generous. You could probably make 6 or even 8 servings out of this. I cut the recipe in half and there was plenty left over after dishing out two large servings.

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Laura2of7 March 06, 2012

It worked fine for me, but it was still a little crunchier than other polentas I've had. Not bad, but just not quite what I expected... but what can you expect from such a quick and easy recipe? For full disclosure, too, I think it's only fair to point out that it's more like 20 minutes to make since it takes far longer than 4-5 minutes to get milk to boiling without burning it!

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LightEra September 27, 2010

Made this last night and topped it with Italian Country Peppers (another keeper!) and it was wonderful. It would be just as good by itself as it is rich and yummy with the cheese and butter. Great!

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cnowak74 September 15, 2009

Delicious creamy polenta recipe. This was my first time trying it as I was actually using it in another recipe that called for creamy polenta. But I will be making it again real soon. Yummy!

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AcadiaTwo September 14, 2009

Easy and delicious! Thanks for posting this recipe!!!

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abruno89 June 25, 2009

Yup, creamy, comforting polenta, LOVE THIS STUFF! There is no better, easy side. I add extra parm and black pepper at the table. And the ratio you have for liquid and polenta are spot on, tx for posting Mirj!

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Liza at Food.com May 22, 2009

My young sons loved this last night for dinner. It was a nice change for them!

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tomatosoup February 17, 2007
7 Minute Rich and Creamy Polenta