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!
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.
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.
When done, stir in the margarine until melted. Serve at once in bowls and top as suggested below.