Polenta is a thick cornmeal mush served as a side dish to stew, or topped with vegetables, sauce, and/or cheese.
|Boil water, add salt, and reduce heat to low. Add the cornmeal slowly and gradually, whisking constantly.
When all the cornmeal has been added and there are no lumps, cover the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until cornmeal no longer tastes “raw” – about 30-45 minutes.
Add butter or oil and salt to taste, and serve immediately.
|Variations (to be stirred in along with the butter or oil, just before serving):
Adapted from Jack Bishop’s A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen: Easy seasonal dishes for family and friends.
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