Italian Polenta
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
  • 3 cups water mixed with 2 chicken bouillon cubes or 3 cups chicken broth. Just 3 cups of water could be used but the chicken broth gives it more flavor.
  • 1 cup polenta or regular yellow corn meal.
  • About 3 tablespoons butter or margarine.
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (jack, mozzarella, parmesan or Cheddar). Optional.
  1. In a heavy pan, bring the water (and/or chicken seasonings) to boil.
  2. Slowly stir in the polenta or corn meal.
  3. Reduce heat and cook, stirring, until very thick. This takes 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the butter or margarine until melted.
  5. Top with cheese to serve as a side dish or serve just about anything that you would serve over rice or noodles for a main dish.
  6. Tip: Place leftover Polenta in a square oiled pan. Cool. Cut into squares. In a frying pan, brown squares in a light amount of oil until it becomes crusty on the outside. Top with cheese and enjoy! I also love it for breakfast with syrup and chopped nuts on the top.
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