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Polenta, the Italian version of cornmeal , is unbelievably versatile. I could give you a thousand ways...
 
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April 26, 2014
Polenta

Polenta, the Italian version of cornmeal , is unbelievably versatile. I could give you a thousand ways to enjoy it, because that’s how many ways we ate it while we were growing up. It is delicious poured into a bowl and served as is topped with vegetables, meats, or fish sauces. It is delicious when allowed to chill and then sliced, at which point you can grill or fry it for the next day’s meal. You can even make a “mosaic” by folding diced cooked vegetables into the soft polenta, packing it into a loaf pan while it is still warm, then allowing it to chill. When you cut the chilled loaf into slices, the vegetables will form a mosaic and make an even prettier presentation when cooked. Polenta can be runny or dense, it can be served as a side dish as an accompaniment to braised meat or fish stews. We even had it for breakfast with hot milk and honey