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How to Make Perfect Polenta

How to Make Perfect Polenta

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    55 m
Chef John

Chef John

Polenta is nothing more than coarsely ground cornmeal. The classic ratio is 1 part polenta to 4 parts water, but I like to measure the polenta just a little scant of a full cup. I often use chicken broth instead of water. It's a perfect base for any kind of saucy meat or mushroom ragout.

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Nutrition

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  • Calories:
  • 291 kcal
  • 15%
  • Fat:
  • 14.7 g
  • 23%
  • Carbs:
  • 31g
  • 10%
  • Protein:
  • 9.2 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 33 mg
  • 11%
  • Sodium:
  • 1186 mg
  • 47%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan; pour polenta slowly into boiling water, whisking constantly until all polenta is stirred in and there are no lumps.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking often, until polenta starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Polenta mixture should still be slightly loose. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, whisking every 5 to 6 minutes. When polenta is too thick to whisk, stir with a wooden spoon. Polenta is done when texture is creamy and the individual grains are tender.
  3. Turn off heat and gently stir 2 tablespoons butter into polenta until butter partially melts; mix 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into polenta until cheese has melted. Cover and let stand 5 minutes to thicken; stir and taste for salt before transferring to a serving bowl. Top polenta with remaining 1 tablespoon butter and about 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for garnish.
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Thiternik
4

Thiternik

1/13/2014

made polenta for the first time, but substituted 2 cups water to milk, turned out really nice. I should say be careful with salt, as the cheese also adds it.

Cherish
4

Cherish

12/22/2013

Watching the video really helped! This was my first time making polenta, but most certainly won't be the last. Thick, creamy, smooth, warm, cheesy, perfect.

geebz
1

geebz

6/19/2014

This was great! My picky preteen enjoyed it. He grunted and when done, went to the kitchen to put more in his bowl. I had powdered bouillon that I added to the water and it came out so very flavorful. I topped this with roasted peppers, asparagus, meatballs and grated Parmesan cheese. Thank you for the recipe!

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