World's Best Polenta

"No... really... it is that good. I'm pretty sure it's not, necessarily, good for you, but the flavor is incredible and it's extremely versatile."
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Ready In:
5 cups




  • Combine the water, milk, garlic, bay leaves, salt and pepper in a heavy saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  • Gradually whisk in the polenta.
  • Allow the polenta to come up to a boil, whisking intermittently.
  • Lower the heat to low and allow the polenta to cook, uncovered, for 30 - 45 minutes.
  • If the mixture starts to get too thick, add up to 1/2 cup of milk.
  • When the polenta is nice thick, smooth and creamy, add the butter and cheese and stir until melted.
  • Remove the polenta from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

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  1. MsPia
    We liked it very much. I added some more milk because it was very thick, but that depends on the type of polenta and it also needed quite a bit more salt. We had it with recipe#312989 , it was a very nice combination.
  2. marissa.deniese
    I have made delicous Polenta many times and thought I would try this one for obvious reasons. It was very bland. So I added cracked salt & pepper, fresh basil and salted butter which improved it. Sorry...


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