My family is Italian and I grew up eating polenta, it's one of my favorite foods, yum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"> My favorite ways to eat it have always been either creamy (made with quick-cooking polenta, takes about 10 minutes to cook) with mushroom ragù/ragù bolognese, or fried (cut up in sticks when the polenta is chilled and firm).
This is an easy dish I got from a Moosewood cookbook<br><br><br><br>
Broiled polenta with mushrooms<br><br><br><br>
Make a batch of polenta. Saute mushrooms and garlic together with some herbs (thyme or Italian seasonings or something). When the polenta is done spread it into an oiled pie plate or casserole dish. Top with shredded mozzerella cheese (vegan would work), spread the mushroooms on top of that and sprinkle over shredded cheddar cheese. Then broil until the cheese is bubbly and starts to brown.<br><br><br><br>
Cut into wedges and serve.
Im a vegetable (edit: ok looking at google images its not even a vegetable!) noob haha. always see coolies things in shops but too scared to attempt to cook them. i can barely manage potatoes
Polenta is basically corn meal mush. The basic recipe is 4 cups of water adn 1 cup corn meal. You boil the water, then add the corn meal in a slow stream while you whisk it in until the cornmeal is added and it starts to get thick (at this point you switch to a spoon). It can be served soft or you can spread it out in a container, chill it, slice it and fry it or bake it.<br><br><br><br>
Tubes of premade polenta can be found in the produce section (generally near the tofu) and sometimes has stuff like sundried tomatoes added to it. But it's expensive like this. You can also find instant polenta in Health food stores or gourmet places that cook in less time.<br><br><br><br>
But using cornmeal is a lot cheaper. And at first it can be a bit fussy to make, but once you get the hang of it it's easier.
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