Polenta

Polenta

I think my best strategy for creating many exciting and interesting meals every week is to get creative with the sides.

I have a lot of different grains in my fridge. Yep, fridge – if you look closely, many packages suggest storing oats, rice, polenta, buckwheat among others in the fridge to retain freshness. I also have a variety of pastas, including orzo and couscous in my pantry.

This way, I don’t have to always fall back on typical potatoes, pasta or rice. I have a lot of options to choose from.

Polenta is one of those very good options. It’s so creamy, absolutely delicious, easy to make and goes so well with so many dishes. I can’t think of a better side dish (well, maybe potatoes) to pair with a nice stew. It also goes exceptionally well with shrimp, poached eggs, vegetable ragout.

In this dish, I pair it with braised asparagus, toasted walnuts and a poached egg. You can also drizzle it with your favourite vinaigrette, if desired.

DifficultyBeginner

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time45 minsTotal Time50 mins

 ½ cup polenta
 2.50 cups water
 ½ tsp salt
 butter

1

Bring water and salt to boil. Start whisking the water, while slowly adding polenta in a steady stream. Keep whisking until polenta has thickened. Cover, simmer for 40-50 minutes, stirring vigorously every ten minutes or so, until polenta has softened and reached your desired consistency. Add butter, stir and serve.

Ingredients

 ½ cup polenta
 2.50 cups water
 ½ tsp salt
 butter

Directions

1

Bring water and salt to boil. Start whisking the water, while slowly adding polenta in a steady stream. Keep whisking until polenta has thickened. Cover, simmer for 40-50 minutes, stirring vigorously every ten minutes or so, until polenta has softened and reached your desired consistency. Add butter, stir and serve.

Polenta

Happens to be Gluten-Free: as with all gluten-free recipes, ensure all your ingredients are gluten free and not cross-contaminated.

Happens to be Vegetarian.

Make it Vegan or Dairy-Free: replace butter with oil.

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