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Polenta with a Variety of Toppings

Polenta is the Italian name for a basic cornmeal mush that can be served on its own or with a variety of toppings (see variations after recipe box). It’s a comforting, naturally gluten-free grain dish that kids and picky eaters will love! When mine were growing up, they loved this with a side of steamed broccoli, and a platter of raw veggies with a dip. Thanks to Colavita for supplying the Instant Polenta used in this recipe, which not only cooks up super-fast, but is extra smooth. Photos by Evan Atlas.

Polenta with a Variety of Toppings
Recipe Type: Polenta
Cuisine: Italian
Author: VegKitchen
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
Polenta is the Italian name for a basic cornmeal mush that can be served on its own or with a variety of toppings. It’s a comforting, naturally gluten-free grain dish that kids and picky eaters will love!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal (or quick-cooking polenta)
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegan buttery spread (like Earth Balance)
  • Toppings (see below recipe box) as desired
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups of water in a large, deep saucepan bring to a rapid simmer. Turn the heat down to low. Pour the cornmeal in slowly, whisking as you pour it in to make sure no lumps form.
  2. Simmer over very low heat for 15 to 20 minutes (or, quick-cooking polenta only takes about 3 minutes) Whisk occasionally The polenta should be smooth and thick. If the polenta is spattering while being cooked, cover with a lid, keeping it ajar. If you’d like a thinner polenta, add one additional cup of water, whisk in, and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  3. When done, stir in the margarine until melted. Serve at once in bowls and top as suggested below.
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Topping variations

Here are a few simple suggestions for toppings polenta. Use any one, or a combination of two or three, and vary it according to season and mood!

  • A sprinkling of Vegan Parmesan-Style Cheez
  • A sprinkling of nondairy mozzarella-stye grated cheese
  • Lightly cooked diced tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced basil leaves
  • Brown mushrooms (lightly sautéed in olive oil)
  • Sautéed garlic
  • Wilted greens
  • Cooked fresh corn kernels
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  • Sautéed onions and/or bell peppers

Nutrition information (without toppings)
Per serving: Calories: 206;  Total fat: 5 g; Protein: 4 g;  Fiber: 3.5 g;  Carbs: 37 g;  Sodium: 479 mg

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