Basic Soft Polenta

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Total Time
5 mins
40 mins

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. Bring the stock to a boil in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Slowly add cornmeal to the pot whisking constantly to prevent clumping.
  3. Return to a simmer while continuing to whisk.
  4. Reduce heat to as low as possible, cover, and cook for 30-50 minutes stirring ever 2-4 minutes.
  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.