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Recipe

Oven-Roasted Polenta

Daniel Proctor

Servings: three to four as a side dish.

Thanks to Ed Fleming, owner of The Polenta Company, for permission to adapt the recipe printed on bags of Golden Pheasant brand polenta. Use only water and no milk if you’re making polenta to use a few days from now—it will keep better this way. If you’re doubling the recipe, double the cooking time.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medium-coarse or coarse cornmeal, preferably organic stone-ground  
  • 3 to 6 cups water (or half water, half milk), depending on the desired consistency
  • 1 Tbs. butter or olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt; more to taste

Preparation

  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 3-qt. nonstick ovenproof skillet; pour in the cornmeal, water, milk (if using), butter, and salt and stir with a fork until blended. The mixture will separate and take more than half the cooking time to come together. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes. Stir the polenta, taste, add salt if needed, and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the polenta rest in the pan for 5 minutes before pouring it into a buttered bowl to scoop out and serve or onto a wooden board or pizza peel to slice into wedges.

Tip

For soft polenta use 5 or 6 cups liquid; for firm polenta that can be cut out into shapes or sliced, use 3 to 3-1/2 cups liquid.

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  • PetalumaPaula | 03/31/2020

    This is now in my top ten go-to recipes, it’s too easy. I didn’t use a nonstick skillet, just a small casserole, uncovered. I started it and then prepped the rest of the meal. Tonight it was sautéed prawns with garlic and grated lemon zest, but it would be equally great with so many other meats, fish and poultry. This is even easier than pasta, and healthier for me, as a diabetic.

  • CathySBruce | 02/01/2020

    This has been my go-to recipe for polenta since it first appeared in Fine Cooking. It can take a few minutes longer, depending on the grind of your polenta and the temperature of your water/milk. You can speed it up a bit by microwaving your milk/water mixture to take the chill off of it. A lot happens in the last 10-15 minutes in the oven, so be patient! But if you have 50 minutes to wait, it's the easiest way to make polenta.

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