Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Creamy Parmesan Polenta

A couple years ago, I had a creamy polenta dish at a tapas restaurant.

It was delicious!

I had never had creamy polenta or any polenta for that matter, before that.

I tried once to make it at home after that and ended up with a sticky, gloppy, completely unappetizing mess.

So I forgot about it for awhile.

I needed a side to go with Chicken Saltimbocca. Jon suggested risotto, but I'm really just not a fan. Then I remembered that creamy polenta.

I decided to give it another shot!

I'm SO glad I did!

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Creamy Parmesan Polenta
2 C evaporated 2% milk
2 C chicken stock
1 1/2 C coarse ground cornmeal
1 12 tsp salt
4 TBLS butter
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper

In a medium saucepan, bring evaporated milk and chicken stock to a boil.
Add salt and gradually stir in cornmeal.
Reduce heat to simmer, while stirring constantly.
Polenta should be smooth and large bubbles will come to the top.
Continue stirring until very thick, but not stiff.
Remove from stove, stir in butter, Parmesan cheese and pepper.
Serve immediately.

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Stir cornmeal & salt into boiling evaporated milk & chicken stock.
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When polenta is very thick and smooth, remove pan from heat and stir in butter & Parmesan cheese.
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Stir until mixed completely.

Serve immediately.
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Garnish with fried sage leaves.
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Or Mushroom Marsala Sauce... mmmmmm...
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This was so creamy and delicious! The evaporated milk and stock lend a comforting rich flavor to the slightly sweet cornmeal and salty Parmesan.

This is the perfect side or Saltimbocca, Osso Bucco, or Short Ribs.

Definitely a keeper!!

7 comments:

Cheryl said...

I have never made Polenta before, you have given me the confidence to try! How did I get unsubbed from your blog I wonder????

girlichef said...

omg, YUM!!!! I love polenta anyway...but w/ that marsala sauce...aaaagh, delicious :D

Dajana said...

I love polenta, but my husband doesn't, so I never make it actually.
I've never had it this way, must be gorgeous, creamy and flavorful

DDpie said...

I've never made (or tasted) polenta, this makes me want to! Funny, 'cuz I made risotto with my saltimbocca HA!

Michele said...

I love polenta creamy and I also love it fried. I've never made it with evaporated milk. That's very interesting! It looks great!

Ingrid said...

I made polenta once before and it didn't turn out good at all. Perhaps like you I need to give it another go. Yours looks and sounds delish!
~ingrid

Joelen said...

I need to buy some polenta and incorporate it more as a starch to our meals. It's just so versatile, similar to risotto, rice and potatoes. Your parmesan version looks perfectly creamy and cheesy - delish!