Basic Cheese Polenta

    45 mins

    Why buy polenta in a box when you can make it from scratch cheaper? A great day before dish. Once the polenta has been refrigerated serve it in a variety of different ways: sliced and fried, or even as a mashed potato or rice substitute!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 cup (175g) cornmeal
    • 1 cup (250ml) cold water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3 cups (750ml) boiling water
    • 1 cup (80g) grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. In a mixing bowl combine cornmeal, cold water and salt. Grease a loaf pan.
    2. Bring the remaining 3 cups (750ml) of water to a rolling boil and stir in the cornmeal mixture. Bring the mixture back to a boil while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in the cheese.
    3. Let the mixture simmer for 20 to 30 minutes; stirring frequently. Allow the polenta to simmer until it becomes very thick. Spread the mixture into the loaf pan and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

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    i am not a fan of the creamy version BUT the fried version (chill atleast one hour, cut in circles with a coffee cup and fry in oil that covers bottom of the pan on medium bout 5 minutes per side) is fabulous!! i served with sausage andd peppers with mushrooms in a tomato sauce, excellent substitution for pasta....  -  21 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My first taste of polenta, was when we ate at Emerils, at Universal Studios Orlando. I was kind of surprised...breakfast meets dinner. Well obviously it was that good and I found myself looking at recipes. I must say that on my first attempt I believe I achieved perfection, but I had to make some changes. I used 2 cups of milk, 2 Tbsp butter, 1/2 cup white cornmeal, salt and pepper to taste, and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese...yummy!!!!!  -  26 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Holy Majoly! This is a great recipe. It was easy and flavorful. I really enjoyed it. I am going to be making this for all my friends from now on. I added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the recipe. I also spread it out in a flat pan and refrigerated it overnight. The next day, I cut out circles and cooked them in a 400-degree oven for 30 min. I then topped them with some mushroom gravy. SO YUMMY!!!! Thank you very much for this recipe.  -  05 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)