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#1 Tue 21 Apr 09 1:08pm

Luvmegrub

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Polenta - Ready to Serve

I've just bought a 1 kg pack of Polenta that is labelled "ready to serve".  It's imported from Italy, Romanella brand.  I have never bought or eaten polenta before and was tempted to try it and if we don't like it, well it didn't cost much.

The instructions say Heat it, Slice it, Serve it and it can be boiled, grilled or fried in fingers. 

Could anybody recommend the best way?  And what do we eat it with?  I was wondering if I could grill fingers of it and spread with pesto?

Please feel free to tell me if I've wasted my money before I even open the package  lol

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#2 Tue 21 Apr 09 5:14pm

ginge_66

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

lol I almost did the same thing last week!
I went to buy polenta for the first time and saw this 'brick' of polenta. I was sure it wasnt right, so I waited and in a bigger store found proper polenta.  Its grainy, and you basically boil it up and it forms a sort of mash.

I think what they then do is spread it out, and once its hardened it is like what you have there. I think then you can cook it in other ways but dont ask me how. 

TOnight im having polenta with sausages... but the mashy kind!!

Good luck with yours and let us know what you did!  smile

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#3 Tue 21 Apr 09 5:51pm

Kye

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

Grilled or fried in olive oil, it's really great.........

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alto … index.html


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this one is great served with a salad...

    * 3 cups water
    * 1 1/2 tsp salt
    * 1 1/2 cups polenta, medium or coarse grain
    * 1 tsp thyme
    * 1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
    * 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    * 2 Tbs olive oil
    * oil for bread loaf pan and cookie sheet

Directions

   1. In a saucepan heat the water and salt over medium-high heat.
   2. Bring to a simmer, but don't let it boil.
   3. Slowly whisk the polenta into the simmering water. Whisk constantly until it begins to thicken, about 3 minutes.
   4. Add the thyme, cheese, and olive oil.
   5. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring regularly, until it is very thick.
   6. Oil a 9"x5" bread pan.
   7. Fill the pan with the polenta. Smooth the polenta out evenly.
   8. Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight.
   9. Remove from the refrigerator and flip over onto a cutting board. The polenta should slide out of the pan.
  10. Slice the polenta about 1/2" thick.
  11. Place on an oiled cookie sheet and sprinkle. Broil until hot and lightly browned, flip and broil on the other side. You may also grill the polenta on aluminum foil or a vegetable grill.

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#4 Tue 21 Apr 09 6:13pm

dawnrigoni

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

For a creamier, fuller tasting polenta, use 1 1/2 cups milk and 1 1/2 cups water instead of only water.

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#5 Tue 21 Apr 09 7:15pm

DebDiMaggio

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

I'm having a hard time finding quick cooking polenta, instead of the 40 minutes one!!!  hmm

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#6 Wed 22 Apr 09 8:39am

Luvmegrub

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

Madamada, if you see this, do you have any idea of what's best to do with this block of ready cooked yellow rubber???  It looks like a big slab of cheese but it's softer.

Maybe I could use it to stop the wind coming under the door  lol

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#7 Wed 22 Apr 09 9:53am

ginge_66

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

Ooh! I cooked the polenta last night (the grainy corn kind), and not sure that i liked it?! It was so wierd!!

I put seasoning and parmesan to it, but it was just such a strange texture! And as it gets cooler it starts to get that rubbery consistency! Having said that the burnt bits on the bottom of the saucepan were tasty!! Like flat popcorn!! ha!

Last edited by ginge_66 (Wed 22 Apr 09 9:54am)

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#8 Wed 22 Apr 09 9:54am

The White Rabbit

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

I've never seen pre-cooked polenta here in australia. I can't imagine that it would be inedible, especially with pesto on it. Normal polenta is in most supermarkets, the quick cooking stuff is harder to find, macro whole foods is where i get some.

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#9 Wed 22 Apr 09 10:26am

dawnrigoni

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

Luvmegrub wrote:

Madamada, if you see this, do you have any idea of what's best to do with this block of ready cooked yellow rubber???  It looks like a big slab of cheese but it's softer.

Maybe I could use it to stop the wind coming under the door  lol

Slice it into thin squares and fry in a mix of olive oil and butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, parmesan, herbs....and eat with some fried or grilled fish, a crisp salad, some olives...I am curious how it will be!

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#10 Wed 22 Apr 09 3:31pm

Mamma Carla

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Re: Polenta - Ready to Serve

Slice it and fry it.Then you can add different things.The most usual are salt or sugar.It's delicious. You can also put it in a ovendish and cover with cheese or bolognaise sauce,make layers and put it in the oven>

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