I was recently introduced to polenta. I don’t believe I’ve tried it before and wasn’t really sure what it was. Wikipedia tells me that polenta is boiled cornmeal. I made a trip to the supermarket and purchased a small bag of Bob’s Red Mill Corn Grits Polenta. Since I was new to this, I decided to go with the simple recipe written on the package.
- 6 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 cups Corn Grits-Polenta
- 3 tbsp butter
- In a large pan, bring water and salt to a boil.
- Gradually stir in polenta.
- Reduce heat and simmer gently
- Stir frequently until mixture is very thick
- Add in butter and stir well.
- Pour polenta into bowl and let set for 10 minutes.
- Invert onto a flat plate.
The mixture will thicken and hold its shape when you let it cool. I read that you can mold them into balls, patties, or other fun shapes. They can be baked or grills afterwards too. I decided to get a bit creative with the polenta. This is a Vegan spinach and mushroom quiche, but instead of the pastry crust I used two big circular sheets of polenta. It tasted pretty great, especially with ketchup and hot sauce.
The recipe to come…