Thursday, May 15, 2014

on easy polenta.

this isn't quite a recipe, more like a cooking tip, but i had to share this - the best way to make polenta. ever. (i have declared it so). as we are (still) with no way to cook, i am again and again turning to my trusty slow cooker. and this time it really outdid itself.
first, spray the inside of the slow cooker with some non-stick cooking spray. then, add a cup of polenta, five cups of water, and 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of salt - i went with 1 1/2 tsp., and i think next time i may take it down just a wee bit. but if you're a salty fan, then you do you. put the slow cooker on low for six hours and - BAM - you have some of the creamiest, most delicious polenta ever. i can honestly say, i will never make polenta on a stove-top ever again. and i added  no cream, or butter, or cheese, or any other heart-stopping ingredient and it still tasted delicious. i'm telling you, this is the way to go for polenta. and a few asides.
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1. when i got home the top of the polenta looked grainy and i thought - darn, it didn't work. but after a vigorous 10-20 seconds of stirring and mixing, all was right with the world.
2. i put in a few handfuls of spinach when it was done to add some more nutrition - the spinach wilted in about five to ten minutes, and i stirred it occasionally.
3. i paired it with sautéed mushrooms, onion, and garlic - making this a ten minute dinner when i got home from work (the best!) but really, it can be paired with anything - grill a couple of chicken breasts or some salmon, sautee some crumbled sausage and add a dollop of marinara sauce - pretty much anything that strikes your fancy, you can do it.
enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. OH OK. No joke, I love polenta but it is seriously intimidating to make. SO definitely going to use this little trick :)

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    1. it works like a charm! so much better then all the stirring and cleanup of making it the traditional way.

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  2. So...I made this last night. And you're right, it's totally the best way to make polenta. I especially like that I don't have to worry about the polenta spitting up at me when it's on the stove. How annoying (and dangerous!) is that anyway?. Thanks girl!

    P.S. We should totally make plans to meet up soon. Would love to hang again!

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    1. amazing right?! there is literally no need to cook it the old way - amazing how creamy and delicious it is! at least one good thing came out of having no oven - this recipe :)

      and yes, we have to meet up again! i'm going to e-mail you over the next week, i'd love to see you again.

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