Thursday, January 21, 2010

Easy Polenta

Polenta is known as a peasant food, but is actually now served at high end restaurants covered with all kinds of sauces and toppings to make it a gourmet food. It is known for both its heartiness and its nutricious values, so give it a try! Here you go!


3 cups water
1 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tsp chicken-flavored instant bouillon
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 Tbsp melted butter

In a large saucepan blend 1 cup water and 1 cup cornmeal and bring to a boil and mix until smooth. Then add the remaining 2 cups water, the bouillon, garlic powder, basil, and hot pepper sauce and bring to a boil/

Once boiling bring down to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until very thick...stirring frequently.

Pour the polenta into a greased pie pan and let stand for 15 minutes.

Cut the polenta into wedges; place on a broiler pan drizzling the melted butter over the top and then broil for 4-6 minutes or until bubbly.

*Sprinkle cheese over the top before broiling
*Once polenta is done, cover with sauteed mushrooms & onions, pico, or fresh, homemade sauces (tomato or onion).