About this recipe: 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
Something else. The advice on this page is great, really helpful. I also watched this video as I'd never even seen polenta before: http://video.about.com/italianfood/Polenta-Recipe.htm Key point being spoon it out into a dish and it will take the shape of the dish, then you can turn it out and slice it up. - 15 Feb 2009
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