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Corn Polenta. Simple Italian Dish with The Cheese Sauce

time
40M
person
4

You must have heard of the simple dish named polenta. It is very simple, so a lot of people wonder why it`s so popular in Italy. In the 17th century it became popular among poor people, as corn was affordable and yummy enough. There were a lot of ways to cook polenta. Cooks boiled, baked it and used as the basic ingredient for creating nutritious dinners.

Later rich people started to include this healthy meal into their rations as well. Since then ready made polenta is a popular restaurant dish. It`s often served with the meat of mushroomice mushroomice - very good recipes with mushroom learn more... sauce. People often add cheese and vegetables while cooking this dish. Still, you may cook sweet version of polenta as well. It is also extremely delicious!

In Italy cooks turn the process of making polenta into a real show. They organize a ceremony and cook this dish during the whole day in the big cauldrons. During the whole process people listen to music, have fun and dance. At the end of the day everyone may try the tastiest polenta in the central square.

Ingredients for
servings
сals/100 gr
Corn
1 cup
40 cals
Water
1000 ml
Salt
to taste
Carrot
2 pcs
40 cals
Onion
1 pcs
70 cals
Garlic
2 cloves
70 cals
Butter
0.25 cup
240 cals
Olive oil
50 ml
135 cals
Tomatoes
2 pcs
25 cals
Tomato sauce
1 tbsp
78 cals
Black ground pepper
1 tsp
Red ground pepper
1 tsp
Cilantro
5 sprigs
Melted cheese
0.5 pcs
440 cals
Flour
1 tbsp
340 cals
Sweet ground paprika
1 tsp
6 cals
Total calories in the prepared dish
1484 cals
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Instructions:
  1. Before starting cooking polenta you`ll need to find a pot with the thick bottom and edges. Fill it with the water and add salt. Boil the liquid. Add corn, stirring everything constantly. Then slow down the fire and cook polenta for 30-40 minutes. At the end of this process. The mass in the pot should be a bit sticky
  2. Put this mass on the table and form a circle or a square. Leave the thin layer to cool down.
  3. Meanwhile you may cook the sauce. To begin with, peel onion and chop it. Grate carrot. Put tomatoes into the bowl with the boiling water for several seconds. Then take them out of the bowl and peel the skin. Cut tomatoes into big cubes. Chop cilantro and garlic. Melt a half of the butter. Mix it with the vegetable oil. Pour this mass into the frying pan. Add onion and fry it until it1s soft. Then add the carrot. Later add chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce and water. Stew everything for several minutes.
  4. Add garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Melt the rest of butter in the frying pan. Add the flour and milk. Mix everything one more time and boil. Later add two types of grated cheese, paprika and salt.
  5. Cut polenta into pieces. Put the on the separate plates and serve with the portion of the sauce. Decorate such a meal with the fresh cilantro.

Polenta is a very tasty dish. It may be served with the meat, mushrooms, vegetables and fish. Serve it hot or cold. In both cases it will be really gorgeous. Bon Appetite!

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Andrew-Tasty
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