Polenta has quickly become one of my favourite meal components since I began eating it consistently, and after much tampering and experimenting, I’m pretty confident I’ve come up with my own version of it that will satisfy just about anyone’s palate.
It’s quick, simple and delicious; what more could you ask for?
I typically make polenta for myself, but this recipe can be doubled, tripled, or whatever-eled depending on your appetite/how many people you’re feeding.
For one serving, you will need:
- 1 1/2 cups of polenta (the weird jellied version that looks like a loaf of corn)
- 2 cloves of garlic (you can adjust this depending on how much you like garlic)
- 1 tbsp onion powder OR a few slices of fresh onion (Spanish onion works best)
- One handful of cilantro, roughly chopped
- Salt and pepper
When you use the weird-looking jellied loaf of polenta, it cooks up super quickly. Just dice the polenta into small cubes, throw it in a pan with some olive oil over medium heat, and listen for it to start sizzling. Once you hear this joyous sound, literally throw in the rest of the ingredients. Stir the mixture for a couple of minutes until the polenta is heated throughout, pour onto a plate, and voila. You’ve made yourself a side in less than ten minutes, and it’s quite tasty.
The nice thing about polenta is that it’s extremely versatile in terms of what you pair it with. Add whichever spices you like to it, any type of veggie, even mix in some meat. It’s pretty hard to screw up pre-cooked polenta, and considering it can be made so many ways, it’s pretty hard to find someone who won’t eat some variation of it.
How do you like to prepare polenta? I’m always looking for some new and innovative ways to cook this stuff, so let me know!
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