I get amused sometimes when I hear people talk about polenta like it is some super fancy food that is hard to prepare.
Um, guys? It’s CORNMEAL!! and it is the least expensive appetizer one can make!
AND it takes less than 10 minutes to make. AND it’s gluten-free. AND you can add almost any flavor to it. Polenta is a Northern Italian Peasant food. It is Peasant food because it’s inexpensive.
My mom’s side of the family, who came from San Columbano Belmonte, Italy makes it all the time.
I think that Polenta tastes best when it is made with a little butter. Plus, you need to add Parmesan cheese.
Stella parmesan cheese is a delicious way to keep authenticity in Italian dishes made at home. I love making homemade Italian dishes, like polenta, during this holiday season. Serving Polenta is comfort food, and makes a fantastic appetizer.
I made a video tutorial for you to show you how smooth making polenta is!
I happen to be on a big rosemary kick right now. Probably because it is the only herb in my garden that survived this year’s first freeze. But also, the aroma it gives when it is cooking is just excellent!
I broiled the polenta with rosemary but took it off before serving. I think the rosemary gives this appetizer that extra depth to make it taste like ” wow.”