Polenta - The Gluten Free Italian Grain

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Polenta - The Gluten Free Italian Grain

A North Italian pantry staple, polenta is gaining incredible popularity with cooks around the world due to its gluten-free nature. It is made by simply grinding corn into flour or meal. It has a rich yellow, yolk-like color, and has a slightly sweet flavor.

Traditionally polenta is cooked creamy and topped with a rich meat/mushroom ragout but it can also be cooked to set and cut in slices or used in place of breadcrumbs for coating. Uncooked polenta makes a delicious addition or gluten-free alternative to flour in cakes, biscuits, and pastries. Cakes made with polenta tend to be moist and dense with a pleasantly grainy texture.

There is constant debate about the correct way of cooking polenta – should one use water, milk, or stock? What should be the ratio of liquid to grain? What is the ideal cooking time? Here’s an in-depth guide on how to cook polenta.

Once you know how to cook Polenta, experiment with these 7 interesting recipes that use it in unique ways.

Golden Polenta Chips

Polenta - The Gluten Free Italian Grain

Fried Polenta Panzanella Salad

Fried polenta panzanella

Polenta Lasagne

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Polenta Tart With Tomato & Goats Cheese

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Cheesy Polenta Stacks

Polenta & goat's cheese stacks

Strawberry Polenta Cupcakes

Strawberry & polenta cupcakes

Orange & coriander drizzle cake

Orange & coriander drizzle cake

If you do try any of these recipes, let us know how they turn out in the comments section below.

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