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Creamy Polenta
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Polenta is a creamy corn porridge. In Ukraine, it is called "Kukurudziana Kasha". It is made with cornmeal, salt, cheese, butter, and water.

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Ingredients

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1 сup cornmeal 200 g
1 oz butter 25 g
2 oz Mozzarella cheese 50 g
2 pints water 1 liter
to taste salt
to taste fresh cracked pepper
to decorate dill
1 cup love ❤️

Nutrition

6 tbsp
Serving Size
182
Calories
5.5 g
Protein
6.7 g
Fat
26.1 g
Carbohydrates
3.6 g
Saturated Fat
15 mg
Cholesterol
2.5 g
Fiber
128 mg
Sodium
0.2 g
Sugar
3 mcg
Vitamin D
1 mg
Iron
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What is Polenta?

Polenta is a creamy corn porridge. In Ukraine, it is called “Kukurudziana Kasha”. It is made with cornmeal, salt, cheese, butter, water, salt, pepper, and dill. This corn porridge is really easy to make, the texture is creamy, silky, and smooth. So delicate!

Originally, people serve corn polenta or kasha with pulled pork or “skvarky” which is sauteed onion with pork fat, another name for this is “salo”. The closest alternative for salo will be porchetta or fatty bacon. You need to chop the onion, add salo or bacon and saute over medium heat until the onion will be nicely brown and the bacon reduces fat and gives all of its juice to the onion. Serve this skvarky on top of the cornmeal porridge and enjoy a silky and creamy corn polenta.

Can I add milk?

Yes, absolutely, you can add half water, and half milk.

What kind of cheese can I use for creamy polenta?

Mozzarella cheese is a good neutral option. This cheese doesn’t have a strong flavor which helps to form a perfect texture of the corn polenta. You can add feta cheese, cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, gouda cheese, or cottage cheese, too.

What to do if the polenta is too dense?

Add a little bit of water and whisk it again. Milk will also work great.

What to serve with polenta?

Serve pork chops, veal patties, or honey lemon chicken, roasted turkey, or slow-cooked beef with creamy cornmeal porridge.

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A big bowl of creamy polenta with butter an dill on top.

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Steps

1
Done
1 min

Gather Ingredients

Gather all ingredients such as 2 pints of water, 1 cup of cornmeal, 2 oz mozzarella cheese, 1 oz butter, pepper, and salt.

2
Done
1 min

Pour water

Pour water into a casserole.

3
Done
1 min

Add cornmeal

Add cornmeal to water.

4
Done
2 min

Mix

Mix water with cornmeal using a spoon.

5
Done
14 min

Cook polenta

Cook polenta on a stove over low-medium heat for 12-14 min stirring constantly so that the bottom doesn't burn or stick.

6
Done
1 min

Add butter & cheese

Add butter and cheese and stir until the porridge is nice and creamy. Decorate with a little bit of butter on top and fresh chopped dill (this is the way how I like to serve it). You may skip the dill if you want to.

7
Done

Enjoy

Your creamy polenta is ready! Enjoy!

Helena

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