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    Basic Soft Polenta

    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    45 mins

    5 mins

    40 mins

    AB Fan's Note:

    This is a basic polenta recipe. You can serve it soft right out of the pot or serve it firm cut into interesting shapes and sautéed or fried to a crisp golden brown. The recipe welcomes flavor additions such as hard cheeses, vegetables, herbs, etc. Serve with stews, braised meats, grilled sausages and vegetables, ect. It's a wonderful alternative to the ubiquitous mashed potatoes.

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    1. 1
      Bring the stock to a boil in a medium sauce pan.
    2. 2
      Slowly add cornmeal to the pot whisking constantly to prevent clumping.
    3. 3
      Return to a simmer while continuing to whisk.
    4. 4
      Reduce heat to as low as possible, cover, and cook for 30-50 minutes stirring ever 2-4 minutes.
    5. 5
      Serve as is or pour polenta into a rectangular baking dish, chill for several hours to set the polenta, cut into wedges or circles, bake, sauté, or fry the pieces of polenta until golden brown and crisp.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 07, 2008


      This is a great basic sidedish recipe. I used stone-ground cornmeal (or you can use Bob's Red Mill Polenta). It is similar to grits. The chicken stock really gives it a rich taste. I forgot the butter, so at the end, I mixed in 6 oz. of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, 1 TBS butter, and pepper to taste, and it still tasted great. Not really a "mashed potato" substitute, but not bad, either.

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    • on December 09, 2004


      I liked this. This was my first attempt at polenta. Very similar to grits when you use a really coarse grained cornmeal. I will be experimenting with this one.

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    Nutritional Facts for Basic Soft Polenta

    Serving Size: 1 (140 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 273.1
    Calories from Fat 113
    Total Fat 12.6 g
    Saturated Fat 6.4 g
    Cholesterol 30.1 mg
    Sodium 355.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.2 g
    Sugars 3.9 g
    Protein 8.6 g

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