Rich and Creamy Polenta Recipe

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I have only eaten polenta a couple of times and I will have to say I was not very impressed. I was planning on preparing an Instant Pot recipe and it recommended serving the dish with polenta, so I decided to give it a try. My wife and I both were pretty impressed with this Polenta; it was outstanding. It does take a little time, but it is well worth the effort; we will be sure to make it again.

Rich and Creamy Polenta Recipe
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  1. Place the water and salt into a medium size sauce pan and bring to a boil. Gradually add the cornmeal while constantly stirring with a whisk to avoid creating any lumps.
  2. Reduce heat to low and continue stirring until polenta starts to thicken. Cover and continue cooking for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 to 6 minutes with a wooden spoon.
  3. Polenta is done when it is creamy and all individual grains are tender. (should not be gritty at all)
  4. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter – when butter is half melted mix in the cheese stirring until butter and cheese are completely melted; cover and let rest of 5 minutes.
  5. Top polenta with remaining butter and garnish with more cheese if desired,

Adapted from Allrecipes