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Side dishes

Polenta


Polenta Ingredients

  1. Fine corn grits 1 cup
  2. Purified water 2 cups
  3. Butter 50 grams (optional)
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Ground pepper mixture to taste (no need to add)
  • Main ingredients: Oil, Corn grits
  • Portion2-3
  • World CuisineItalian Cuisine

Inventory:

Saucepan, wooden spoon with a long handle, butter knife, deep plate, kitchen pot holders.

Cooking polenta:

Step 1: Boil the water.


First of all, as when cooking other cereals, we need to boil water in a pan. Once the water boils, add salt to it and mix.

Step 2: Cook the polenta.


Reduce the heat, but so that the water in the pan does not cease to boil quietly. Gently pour the corn grits into boiling water in a thin stream. In this case, the porridge must be stirred all the time. Important: make the fire minimal, otherwise porridge can splatter and burn you.
Continue stirring the polenta all the time. When I say all the time, I really have to go in that I need to do this at least once 2-3 minutes throughout the cooking process. Usually it takes to cook this porridge 25-30 minutes.

You will understand that the polenta is ready for the fact that it is well thickened. So much so that you can draw a spoon along the bottom of the pan from edge to edge and you will have a very clear strip. In addition, the finished polenta perfectly holds the spoon in an upright position and easily lags behind the edges of the pan.
In the finished porridge, add butter and, removing the pan from the heat, mix its contents again properly.

Step 3: Serve the polenta.


Polenta can be served in several ways. You can, for example, serve it right after cooking, spreading it out on portioned plates. Present it as an independent dish, decorating with a sprig of greens or a piece of butter, or offer polenta as a side dish, for example, to a stewed rabbit, baked chicken or some other meat dish.

You can also immediately after cooking put the polenta from the pan onto a baking sheet and level it with a spatula. After that, wait until it cools to room temperature and put the porridge in the refrigerator. There it will thicken even more, after which it can be cut into rectangles and served as a side dish or main dish with various sauces.
I hope that you and your family will enjoy the polenta and will become one of the most beloved dishes. After all, it is really very tasty, satisfying, and, most importantly, a natural and healthy dish.
Enjoy your meal!

Recipe Tips:

- If you want to add vegetables, seafood or chicken to polenta, then these ingredients need to be prepared in advance, for example, by frying them in a separate frying pan, and then add to the porridge.

- If you do not add butter to the porridge, then you will get a lean vegetarian dish. But do not forget that polenta is a very satisfying and high-calorie dish, like many other dishes made from cereals.

- The frozen polenta can be cut and fried in olive oil or baked lightly in the oven. Try it, it will give the finished dish a completely new taste.

- Try also at the end of cooking to add a little grated cheese to the polenta and mix everything actively.