Basic Polenta

    Basic Polenta

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    42min


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    Making good polenta seems simple but the variations are endless. Add herbs or cheese, or fry it after it is cooked.

    Ingredients
    Serves: 3 

    • 3 cups (750ml) water
    • 120g polenta

    Directions
    Preparation:2min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:42min 

    1. Bring water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer. Pour in polenta steadily, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until polenta is thickened. It should come away from sides of the pan and be able to support a spoon. This can take anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes. Pour polenta onto a wooden cutting board and let stand for a few minutes before serving.
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    851

    This is the basic way to prepare polenta, which is cooked corn meal, I felt like giving it less stars b/c I was annoyed this recipe doesn't mention that. I pictured people walking through the store searching for polenta to add to the water...anyway, 3 parts water, one part cornmeal, and you have polenta. It take minutes to make before it thickens so don't be surprised based on the instructions. I like to chill mine a few hours then cut and grill it and top it with pasta sauce, grilled veggies and parm. yum!  -  11 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    609

    The instructions are not very clear and may confuse some people..."Polenta" is the finished meal..."Corn Meal" is the ingredient that is needed to make POLENTA., also I use 2 cups of cold water to 1 cup of cornmeal for a thicker polenta. To diminish any concerns of lumps, just add some corn meal to cold water, stir then add it to the boiling water and stir constantly.  -  13 Dec 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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    445

    I've made polenta all my life and have never had it take that long to cook -- usually only a few minutes before it thickens up. It helps eliminate lumps if you mix your cornmeal to a cup of cold water, then add that to boiling water. Great with pesto, tomato and sausage.  -  19 Mar 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)

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