Simple Polenta

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Italian style simple polenta, which in essence is ground yellow cornmeal boiled with water,
has significant Italian roots and was historically and originally made from grains other than cornmeal. It is a wonderful Italian comfort food. Mix in your favorite herbs or cheese to give an added variety to this Italian staple.

My neighbor across town is 100% Italian and he talks about making this dish regularly with his mom. They serve it with soup, salad, their favorite pasta and even eat if for a snack.

simple polenta

Equipment
medium saucepan 
whisk 
bowl  

Shopping List
water 
sea salt 
yellow cornmeal 
olive oil  

simple polenta

Instructions:
Bring the water and the sea salt to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan. 
 
Continually whisk with one hand, and at the same time slowly shake in the cornmeal in a thin stream with the other. Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the polenta thickens, about 20 minutes, depending on the coarseness of the grind. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pan while cooking to keep the polenta from sticking.   
 
Stir in the olive oil, then pour into a bowl. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. 

Simple Polenta

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: cornmeal, polenta
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • medium saucepan
  • whisk
  • bowl

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water 
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup coarsely ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Bring the water and the sea salt to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.  Continually whisk with one hand, and at the same time slowly shake in the cornmeal in a thin stream with the other.
  • Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, until the polenta thickens, about 20 minutes, depending on the coarseness of the grind. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pan while cooking to keep the polenta from sticking.   
  •  Stir in the olive oil, then pour into a bowl. Let it rest for 5 minutes before serving. 

Serve with a bowl of Dandelion, Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad

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