About this recipe:Polenta is a highly versatile Italian yellow cornmeal which can be used in a variety of ways in a wide range of dishes. This recipe is for a polenta loaf which is then sliced and fried in oil. These fried polenta slices are perfect as a base or side dish for many meat and vegetable creations.
In a saucepan, bring the 1L of water to the boil. Once boiling, add the polenta slowly, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to prevent clumping. Lower the heat and stir until the polenta forms a thick mass, coming away clean from the sides. Mix in the butter and the cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon the polenta into the prepared loaf tin and press down with the back of a spoon to compact. Leave to cool for several hours or chill in the fridge overnight. When the polenta is firm, turn out and cut into 2cm thick slices.
In a frying pan with a little oil, fry the polenta slices until lightly golden brown on both sides. Serve immediately.
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 shops look for the 'parmesan style hard cheeses' which are suitable for vegetarians.