Basic polenta recipe

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Basic polenta recipe
Baked polenta
Servings:Serves 4
Ready in:35 minutes
Prep. time:5 minutes
Cook time:30 minutes
Fried polenta

Polenta is very easy to cook, if you can boil water and put ingredients in a saucepan, you can make this. However, it requires constant stirring, so make it on a cool day when you need to be by the stove 30 minutes continuously.



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  1. Combine the cold water, cornmeal and salt in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. A the remaining 3 cups of water to a pan and bring to the boil
  3. Mix in the cornmeal, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until it thickens
  4. Scoop the mixture into a greased loaf tin or suitable container and refrigerate for 4 hours before serving. A plastic Lock & Lock container is good for this.

Serving suggestions

Cut the 'loaf' into slices, brush or spray with olive oil then fry or bake until golden brown.Serve as a mashed-potato substitute.

Chef's notes

Instant polenta may take less time - Please follow the manufacturers instructions.

See also