Creamy Low Fat Polenta

Sunday, February 26, 2012
If you're looking for an alternative side dish to potatoes or rice, consider this creamy polenta dish. Looking a little like yellow grits, polenta in its simplest form is basically a cornmeal mush, but it's a mush that can be put many culinary uses. Soft polenta can be enjoyed as a side dish or as the base for an entree. Firm polenta can be sliced and served as a pasta substitute with sauces or in casseroles. In northern Italy, polenta is seen as a great comfort food--the equivalent of pasta in the south, but its preparation can be laborious, involving constant stirring to prevent it sticking to the bottom of the pan.

This doesn't have to be the case. Unless you're someone who finds the stirring of polenta to be particularly therapeutic, try this simple, low maintenance method of cooking polenta. The end result is still a satisfyingly creamy dish.

Creamy polenta c Fiona Haynes, licensed to About.com


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