Easy Cheesy Polenta

The Italian Kitchen

Everyone needs a little polenta in their life! When it’s made with Il Villagio Cheese, it’s a real side dish star. The classic Italian comfort food has plenty of flavor and just enough gourmet cache to make it memorable.

So what is polenta you ask? In Italy, it’s a creamy everyday dish made from ground cornmeal. Italians usually cook Polenta slow and low on the stovetop. Instant versions are available too, but it’s easy enough to make that homemade should be the standard. Add some melted cheese and it’s a true everyday delight.

Cornmeal, water, milk, cream, butter and cheese – that’s all it takes. Polenta can be served creamy, chilled or baked and cut into squares. It makes a nice, mellow companion to a variety of dishes and is a delicious companion to bold flavors like cheese or marinara sauce.

Try the easy recipe below and savor the rich and creamy delight – the perfect side dish to any entree.

Il Villagio Easy Cheesy Polenta
Yield: 4-6 servings
2 cups milk
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cornmeal
3-4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup of grated Italian Cheese. Il Villagio Pecorino Romano or Parmesan or Taleggio (or a combination of all three).

Heat the water, milk and salt over high heat, then slowly pour in cornmeal while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes until desired thickness.

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