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Old 01-27-2016, 03:04 AM   #1
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How do you serve polenta, or what do you serve it with ?

My family and I love polenta,
Not that its a problem, but the only way I usually serve it, is with chili.
I usually make it and add additional cheddar cheese to give it a cheesy flavor and serve it in its runny form, or let it sit and firm up, then grill or fry it up ( trying to be healthy I usually don't fry it, but have in the past).

I know its not a one trick pony, which is why Im curious what you guys serve it with or any variations you may have when preparing it. ( Don't limit your answers to vegetarian, Im just curious what else you guys do with it).




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Old 01-27-2016, 04:27 AM   #2
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We either serve it soft with a ragu on top or let it dry out, cut into wedges, brown in a saute pan. You can do many things with it think out side of italian. After all, it was probably a porridge in mesoamerica long before it ever reached Italian shores. Grits are very similar and shrimp and grits is a favorite for us.

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Old 01-27-2016, 04:50 PM   #3
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I often buy the rolls of pre-made (yes, I know it's second rate) and then slice and fry in butter and fresh sage. Then it gets topped with something... shrimp, roasted asparagus, even chopped tomatoes and goat cheese ... but my absolute favorite topping is ratatouille - fabulous.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:17 PM   #4
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I prepare it a variety of ways depending on my mood. However, most of the time I always begin the same way.

I make it plain sometimes, if I'm going to serve it "under" a very very spicy or robust sauce.

If the topping is milder, I may add herbs or a bit of cheese to it.

But, in any of these cases, after I've mixed it to the "recipe" I've chosen, I turn it into a loaf pan and let it chill in the refrigerator until its nice and firm. Then, similar to CraigC, I slice it and brown it in butter or olive oil, then serve it as a pasta substitute. Also good as a breakfast base for huevos rancheros.

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I also get the rolls, slice then, and put chicken on top. Then I pour a jar of salsa on top and bake. We really like it that way !
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:56 PM   #6
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When I was young, my mother made polenta and served it on Fridays in the soft form (mush) with homemade tomato sauce sprinkled with Parmesan cheese -- no meat. She would also put some aside to firm up for breakfast the next morning. She would slice and brown it in butter and olive oil and serve it with maple syrup, fried or scrambled eggs, and sausages or bacon. Also, she often made polenta with chicken or beef broth, always adding olive oil and/or butter and Italian herbs. My grandmother made sweet polenta. She made polenta with milk and sugar and then chilled it in a loaf pan until firm. She would slice it and serve it with fresh fruit or sauté it and serve it warm.
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Old 01-28-2016, 04:45 AM   #7
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IAlso good as a breakfast base for huevos rancheros.

Good stuff.
I wonder how it would do as a base for eggs benedict? Sometimes those store bough English muffins can be a bit tough and who wants to fight with breakfast food.
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I'm no polenta guru, but my best friend when I lived in Montana was first gen Italian-American (his father came over from Italy when he was in his teens with his family and homesteaded in Montana). They always served polenta with stewed wild duck or rabbit. It was firm enough to be sliced, but never fried.

The only times I've ever had polenta was when I ate with them.
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Old 01-28-2016, 09:26 AM   #9
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You're right, RP. We, too, would have it with beef/venison/ rabbit stew or with chicken cacciatore. On Fridays (no meat day), it was served with plain tomato sauce and cheese or with butter and cheese or with basil pesto.

Medtran ~ I think polenta would be good with eggs Benedict. You could spread the hot mush in a large flat pan and chill it. Then use a biscuit cutter to cut out rounds and heat or sauté them before adding the eggs and sauce.
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in Italy , especially in the north, we serve polenta with meat cooked with mushroom ( spezzatino con funghi ), or cooked in wine or like goulash ( stracotto o stufato ).
we serve it also with cheese flavour with butter fried with onion or garlic. it's very tasty . Do you want any recipes?

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