About this recipe:This is a surprising and delicious vegetarian main that is especially nice on a chilly autumn evening. The Parmesan and sage really complement the polenta, and the sweetcorn adds natural sweetness.
2 ears sweetcorn
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 onion, diced
140g polenta (cornmeal)
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves
40g grated Parmesan cheese
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:1hr › Ready in:1hr20min
Barbecue the sweetcorn in their husks, or roast in the oven; remove the husks and cut the kernels from the cob.
In a heavy 4-litre saucepan heat oil over medium heat, heat the olive oil and stir in garlic and onions; reduce heat to low and cook until onions are translucent.
Stir in water and milk and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Slowly stir in polenta, whisking thoroughly. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking and burning. Season with salt and pepper; simmer 15 minutes more.
When polenta is tender, stir in sweetcorn, sage and Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a large bowl to serve.
Parmesan cheese is not truly vegetarian, as it contains animal rennet. To make this dish 100% vegetarian, omit the cheese or find a suitable vegetarian substitute made without animal rennet. In supermarkets look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.