What is Polenta?

Find out what polenta is made from
What is Polenta?

Firm polenta can be cut into squares and grilled.

Polenta is a boiled cornmeal porridge that is made by simmering ground yellow maize with a water-like liquid. Polenta takes a relatively long time to cook and to become soft. It can be cooked to a variety of consistencies, depending on its intended use in a particular dish. Soft-cooked polenta is delicious when boiled with stock or broth, flavored with garlic, herbs, or salty cheese, or topped with grilled vegetables or shrimp. Polenta that’s been cooked to a firmer consistency can be cooled in a pan or mold and then baked, fried, or grilled. Cubes of firm polenta that have been pan-fried in oil make delicious croutons for both soups and salads and squares of grilled polenta make a great vehicle for a variety of savory toppings.

If you’ve never tried making polenta before, or are looking for new and interesting ways to prepare this savory cornmeal porridge, we have some recipes you may like. Click here to check out our best polenta recipes.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.