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Ever since my brother Randy was diagnosed with Celiac disease, Polenta became a staple in my house. I started by just buying it in the tube from Trader Joe’s so that I always had something on hand. But then the cafeteria at work served a “Creamy Polenta” with a beef stew and that initiated my love for the Italian porridge. I quickly
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- 1 cup “polenta” grain or medium or coarsely-ground cornmeal
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 5 cups of Parmesan Stock or water
- 2 cups Microplaned Parmigiano Reggiano (Not packed like brown sugar. However it falls in the measuring cup is fine.)
- 1 TBS Kosher salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp white pepper
Other Critical Information
The liquid to
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SooN COOKING Original
- Defrost the Parmesan Stock (if using and if frozen).
- Microplane the parmesan and set aside.
- Combine the cornmeal, garlic powder, salt, pepper and liquid in the
- Using high heat, bring mixture to a boil while stirring regularly with the whisk. I say “regularly” because you don’t need to stir continuously but you do need to stir it often to avoid lumps. For what it’s worth, I typically use this
time prepand cook my main dish so I stir it when I need a break in between tasks. Whatever you decide “regularly” means to you will be fine!
- Reduce to low heat and simmer while stirring regularly with the whisk. (Now here’s my secret if you have someone in the kitchen who wants to “help”. This is often a child for me but this little trick will work for anyone who is really interested in an assignment and you sort of just need them occupied while you cook. You can have them “stir continuously with the whisk”. As I said earlier, it is not necessary to do this but it doesn’t *hurt* the polenta which I why it’s my favorite task to assign those helpers.)
- Continue to stir regularly/continuously as the polenta thickens.
- After ~20-25 minutes, add the parmesan and distribute evenly.
- Stir and taste. Adjust flavor to your liking by adding more garlic powder, salt, parmesan
- This is where you would need to decide if it is necessary to add the additional water. Does it taste grainy or course? Does the texture too closely resemble the dry cornmeal you started with? If “yes” then you need more water. Add it and then cook for another 5-7 minutes. If not, then your Polenta is done!
SooN COOKING Express
One of my pantry staples is Trader Joe’s pre-cooked Polenta. If you are short on time this is a good substitute. You can serve it as is. For additional flavor, heat on the stovetop on low with 1/2 cup of water or milk. Mix liquid in evenly and add grated parmesan to taste.
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The SooN COOKING Original and SooN COOKING Express are both Vegetarian as is.
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SooN COOKING Kosher
The SooN COOKING Original and SooN COOKING Express are both Kosher dairy as is. Polenta is a go-to paring for a lot of my meat dishes. If you are planning to serve meat as your main and your guest keeps Kosher then substitute a broth (chicken or beef) for the milk and cream. Alternatively, you could also use only water. The reason I use the other liquids is to add to the Polenta flavor. Many people prepare Polenta with only water.
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SooN COOKING Celiac
As the title suggests − Polenta is my favorite gluten-free dish. It is simple to prepare and I think this recipe is delicious, so win-win for the guest with Celiac disease or who follows a gluten-free diet.
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SooN COOKING for One
To make a single serving of polenta – first remember that the water to dry polenta ratio is 6:1. From there expect the cooked polenta to double after cooking. So a 1/4 cup of dried polenta would become 1/2 cup of cooked polenta after adding 1-1/2 cups of liquid to cook it.
I really like leftover polenta because it is
SooN COOKING for Kids
My kids don’t like Polenta but that doesn’t stop me from serving it to them anyways. I always dish up a taste and I’m confident that my persistence will pay out sometime. If your kid is also not into polenta, then I suggest substituting it for a few tater tots. Tater tots pair well with breakfast and dinner items so it is a versatile substitution for Polenta.
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defrost the parmesan stock (if using)
grate the cheese
start with 1-cup cornmeal
add parmesan stock (or water)
5 cups total
add 1-cup milk
add remaining dry ingredients
bring to boil; stir regularly
simmer on low to thicken ~20-25 minutes
finish based on your preference
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