Polenta, an Italian staple, is made from corn. By grinding corn into flour or meal, it creates a grainy texture. It has a rich yellow colour and a slightly sweet flavour. Uncooked polenta makes an excellent alternative to wheat-based dishes, try cooking them till creamy and thick, then set to sliced. Instead of your usual rice or noodles, use this amazing polenta and discover its goodness! Continue reading to find out on how to cook polenta.
How to make a perfect creamy Polenta
1. Bring the water to a boil.
Bring the water to a brisk boil over medium-high heat. Add salt.
2. Pour the polenta into boiling water.
While whisking gently, pour the polenta into the boiling water in a steady stream.
3. Continue whisking until polenta is thickened.
Turn to low heat and continue the whisking action until the polenta has thickened enough that it doesn’t settle back to the bottom of the pan when you stop stirring it.
4. Cook the polenta 30 – 40 minutes.
Cover the polenta pot and continue letting it simmer. Stir vigorously every 10 mins or so, be sure to scrap the sides, bottom and the corners of the pan. Cook 30 mins for softer porridge-like texture, and longer till 40mins for a polenta of a thicker consistency.
Power Polenta Recipes
Baked Polenta with Classic Chicken Parmesan
Do try out this classic Italian dish with a twist. After the polenta is being cooked to a creamy perfection, it is then baked briefly in the oven. Where the breaded parmesan chicken sits upon the bed of baked polenta, it is then sprinkled with the perfect cheese blend! With the melted cheese, crispy chicken and creamy polenta, this amazing dish is a dinner must-have!
Check out the recipe here: Baked Polenta with Classic Chicken Parmesan
Roasted Polenta Fries with Balsamic Tomato Sauce
Looking for a side dish instead of a main? Want it to be simple and fast to prepare? Why not try out this baked polenta fries with a balsamic dip! Why choose chips when you have these crispy fries, a healthier option and a great stay-home snack!
Orange & Polenta Cake
Ever heard of a dessert made of polenta? This delicious fruity cake is full of zingy flavour, topped off with the sweet maple syrup that adds whole new flavour to it. Do try this out today and treat your guests to an after-meal dessert!
Check out the recipe here: Orange Polenta Cake
Do check out our gluten-free polenta over here and grab one for yourself today!