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Polenta

Mary Ann Esposito

Polenta, or cornmeal cooked in milk or water, is to be found in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy, Piedmont, the Trentino, and Riuli-Venezia-Giulia.

Polenta requires constant vigorous stirring to achieve its characteristic smooth consistency. Be strong! It's a great workout

SERVES 8 TO 10

INGREDIENTS

4 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups coarsely ground cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

DIRECTIONS

In a large heavy pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the salt. Add the cornmeal in a thin stream, stirring vigorously all the while with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until the mixture thickens and begins to leave the side of the pan, about 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the coarseness of the cornmeal.

Immediately pour the polenta onto a lightly oiled wooden board or platter. Let it cool for 15 minutes, and then cut into slices.

Serve in place of bread, noodles, or lasagna.

item recipe is featured in Episode 609 of Season 6.

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    Dudley Johnson

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    I enjoy your shows and watch them on create every chance I get. You have taught me so much.
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    Ginia

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    I thoroughly love your recipes. The polenta recipe is truly delicious. I know it as coo-coo. Thanks. Mary Ann.
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    diana escobar

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    Marianne:

    just to let you know that I watch your cooking show every saturday at PBS station and have for several years. Thank you, I just love your show.

    Also, so you know us Cubansalso eat Polenta was a favorite dish prior to Castro and for all the Cuban=Americans we keep our tradition going. I love Polenta specially with stewed pork. Love you, Diana
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    diana escobar

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    Marianne:

    just to let you know that I watch your cooking show every saturday at PBS station and have for several years. Thank you, I just love your show.
    Also, so you know us Cubans also eat Polenta was a favorite dish prior to Castro's regime and for most of the Cuban-Americans we keep our tradition going. I love Polenta specially with stewed pork. Love you, Diana

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