This recipe is for the polenta novice. Two ingredients - polenta and water. So if you can boil water...you can make a delicious pot of polenta every time! There are many options for polenta once it is cooked: you can mix in fresh herbs and cheeses, bake with vegetables, or fry it. Experiment and choose your favourite accompaniment!
The instructions are not very clear and may confuse some people..."Polenta" is the finished meal..."Corn Meal" is the ingredient that is needed to make POLENTA., also I use 2 parts of cold water to 1 part of cornmeal for a thicker polenta. To diminish any concerns of lumps, just add some corn meal to cold water, stir then add it to the boiling water and stir constantly. - 24 Jul 2008
This is the basic way to prepare polenta, which is cooked corn meal, I felt like giving it less stars b/c I was annoyed this recipe doesn't mention that. ...anyway, 3 parts water, one part cornmeal, and you have polenta. It take minutes to make before it thickens so don't be surprised based on the instructions. I like to chill mine a few hours then cut and grill it and top it with pasta sauce, grilled veggies and parm. yum! - 24 Jul 2008
I love polenta! The only difference is my great aunt uses 2 parts cold water to every 1 part cornmeal. It makes a very firm polenta. This is the way I prefer it since I grew up with it this way. She only serves it with a red (tomato based) gravy but it is also good as a side dish to a roast with beef gravy. - 24 Jul 2008