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    Soft Polenta

    Soft Polenta. Photo by Sharon123

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hrs 15 mins

    1 hrs 10 mins

    5 mins

    mersaydees's Note:

    This is the "traditional method" based on a recipe by Michele Anna Jordan from her book, Polenta. She says, "This is the classic and most common technique for cooking polenta, and the one that should be used for larger quantities. The amounts can easily be increased to make larger quantities for a crowd." This recipe can also be used as the first step in making firm polenta.

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    Ingredients:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Bring 3 cups water to a full boil in a heavy pot. Simmer the remaining water close by.
    2. 2
      Add the salt and rapidly stir the water with a whisk, creating a vortex. Continuing to stir constantly, add the polenta in a thin stream into the vortex.
    3. 3
      Continue to stir after all the polenta has been added, then lower the heat to a simmer rather than a boil.
    4. 4
      As the polenta thickens, replace the whisk with a long-handled wooden spoon.
    5. 5
      Add the 1 cup of remaining water and continue to stir. Break up any lumps with the back of the spoon pressed against the pot.
    6. 6
      Continue stirring the polenta, reaching to the bottom of the pot as necessary, until it gets thick and pulls away from the sides of the pot.
    7. 7
      Taste the polenta to test tenderness; add additional water if necessary. The polenta can take 15 to 60 minutes to cook properly, depending on its type.
    8. 8
      During the last 5 minutes of cooking, stir in the pepper and butter, then add the cheese.
    9. 9
      Remove from heat.
    10. 10
      If serving immediately, pour onto a large platter or into a bowl or individual dishes.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 24, 2009

      55

      This polenta turned out wonderful! Soft and creamy. Perfect comfort food!

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    • on July 29, 2008

      45

      I made this for breakfast (like grits) with some eggs and bacon. I loved the butter flavor in this dish and your instructions are spot on.

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    • on June 25, 2008

      55

      Very nice! I had this for breakfast this morning. I cut the recipe back a third. Perfect! Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Soft Polenta

    Serving Size: 1 (277 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 246.7
     
    Calories from Fat 122
    49%
    Total Fat 13.6 g
    21%
    Saturated Fat 8.1 g
    40%
    Cholesterol 33.1 mg
    11%
    Sodium 2065.6 mg
    86%
    Total Carbohydrate 24.1 g
    8%
    Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
    9%
    Sugars 0.2 g
    0%
    Protein 8.0 g
    16%

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