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How to make Polenta

We started eating polenta when we moved back to the United States from Malawi, Africa. In Malawi we ate a corn mush called Nsima with a sauce made of fresh tomatoes and onions. Nsima flour is hard (but not impossible) to find in North America, but Polenta is in almost every grocery store. Even though polenta has a grainier texture than nsima it is an excellent taste substitute.

Polenta is also a great pasta substitute, especially if you use pasta simply as a vessel to transport sauce to your mouth. It’s amazingly easy to make, keeps well, and is even better fried in oil the next day.

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How to make Polenta, a step by step guide from knowgluten.me Follow Me on Pinterest

Basic Polenta

Click HERE for a printable recipe: Basic Polenta

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil
  2. Reduce heat and whisk in polenta
  3. Continue stirring with the whisk until polenta thickens (this takes about 5 minutes)
  4. Pour into greased or Pam-sprayed 9″ round cake pan or pie plate
  5. Let set 10 minutes, polenta will become firm enough to cut slices
  6. Serve with your favorite pasta sauce or as a side to fried eggs
1 cup dry polenta Follow Me on Pinterest
1 cup dry polenta
Reduce heat and whisk in polenta Follow Me on Pinterest
Reduce heat and whisk in polenta
It's not quite thick enough Follow Me on Pinterest
Polenta, starting to thicken. Not quite ready.
that's the ticket Follow Me on Pinterest
Polenta, finally thick enough!
Polenta in a pie plate Follow Me on Pinterest
Pour polenta into a cake pan. Let it sit at least 10 minutes. It will set as it sits.
Polenta, all that's missing is your favorite sauce. Follow Me on Pinterest
The polenta is set, serve and enjoy! I like mine in a bowl so I can spoon on LOTS of sauce.

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