Basic Polenta


  • 2 tablespoon(s) butter (optional)
  • ½ cup(s) grated cheese (optional)
  • 3 cup(s) water (use 4 cups for a softer polenta)
  • ½ teaspoon(s) salt, or to taste
  • 1 cup(s) cornmeal

Put several inches of water in the bottom of a double boiler and bring to a simmer. In a separate container bring 3 cups water to a boil and put into the top of the double boiler. (See tip) Mix cornmeal and salt; pour in a slow stream into the hot water in the top of the double boiler while whis...

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Variations on Basic Polenta

  • Basic Polenta
    • 4 cups water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup cornmeal or instant polenta
  • Basic Polenta
    • 1 cup polenta (see notes)
    • 1 cup polenta (see notes)
    • About 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)

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