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post #1 of 25
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who has ever tried polenta and what do you have with it?

i'm trying to cut out bread, rice, pasta as they give me stomach cramps so my mum bought me a bag of polenta.

i've been eating it with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms as i have no idea what to eat it with.

anyone else here eat polenta?
post #2 of 25
my dad cooks the polenta
and he makes this beef stuff in italian tomato sauce with potatoes.
I dont like the beef i just eat the potaotes and the sauce over the polenta.
This is an italian recipe though that my aunty taught him
post #3 of 25
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i might have known to ask you Fwan being part italian! shame your aunt isnt on the catsite, she could have sent me a recipe!
post #4 of 25
What's polenta?
post #5 of 25
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i think its corn meal. its an italian alternative to bread, rice, pasta! (just what i need!). a bit like savory semilina if anyone knows what that is...
post #6 of 25
lol i already know the recipe i can send it to you by pm if you like?
post #7 of 25
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yes please!! and any more if you come across them.

i made my boyfriend try it and he had to wash his mouth out with cookies! its an aquired taste i think.
post #8 of 25
Hmm I can't quite picture it, but thanks!
post #9 of 25
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your welcome to come round for a big bowl once Fwan has given me the recipe Sam. or maybe i should mail it to you?
post #10 of 25
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
who has ever tried polenta and what do you have with it?

i'm trying to cut out bread, rice, pasta as they give me stomach cramps so my mum bought me a bag of polenta.
are you allergic to bread?
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by SharonKay
are you allergic to bread?
i'm not sure. my friend who's training to be a nutritionalist thinks maybe i am. all i know is it makes me feels ill and gives me a stomach ache if i eat it a lot.

sadly its my favorite food! bread and butter, mmmmmmmmm!
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
i'm not sure. my friend who's training to be a nutritionalist thinks maybe i am. all i know is it makes me feels ill and gives me a stomach ache if i eat it a lot.

sadly its my favorite food! bread and butter, mmmmmmmmm!

Oh, me too I was always sick and couldn't figure out why..my stomach would cramp up really badly and I'd get pretty sick...
And then one day a doctor finally checked me for Celiac Disease and low and behold...I'm allergic to bread...
anyway, its really not a bad test so if you have problems with wheat products its worth looking into
post #13 of 25
I'd love a bowl of it mailed please!

Bread is like my life, of course second to Ham & Milk!
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Hmm I can't quite picture it, but thanks!
Sam, it's similar to corn bread but not sweet or as dense, until it firms up it looks like porridge...it's delish! I love it with sauteed portabella mushrooms and carmelized vidalia onions (in olive oil, butter and garlic)
post #15 of 25
sounds yummy. I'll have to ask Nana about it, thanks Barbara!
post #16 of 25
I've seen polenta in the stores, but looking at it.. I would assume that you squeeze it out of the little bag thing that it is in. Is it a paste? How do you prepare it?
post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
i made my boyfriend try it and he had to wash his mouth out with cookies! its an aquired taste i think.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by DinahCat
I've seen polenta in the stores, but looking at it.. I would assume that you squeeze it out of the little bag thing that it is in. Is it a paste? How do you prepare it?
the stuff i get is like grain and you mix it with water and stir. really easy to cook.

i love it with mushrooms, garlic and olive oil too!
post #19 of 25
MMMMMM! I like polenta and so does my hubby! You can buy it in the store in little bags as has been mentioned on this post but you can also make it yourself for much, much cheaper. It's basically coursely ground cornmeal cooked into a firm mush. I make it and then put it into a loaf pan. Once it is cool and firm you can slice it and use it how you wish. It is very good fried lightly in olive oil and then we put on the same toppings as you would any pasta. It really is just a pasta alternative. Interestingly, there was a time that people suffered from malnutrition because that is all they had. You can look up the history online. But better yet, look online, go into Google or your search engine of choice and you will find tons of polenta toppings and recipes. There are even polenta desserts! You will be sure to find something yummy!
post #20 of 25
I've never tried the prepared version.

I make my own and while it's still hot/warm I add some parsley and Parmesan cheese and still it until it gets gooey in the Polenta.

I braise pork chops with some beef broth and red wine, add a little garlic and serve those over the polenta with a little bit of gorgonzola cheese on top. The Gorgonzola melts a bit - the whole combination is wonderful !
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by DinahCat
I've seen polenta in the stores, but looking at it.. I would assume that you squeeze it out of the little bag thing that it is in. Is it a paste? How do you prepare it?
Dinah, you take the polenta out of the casing whole. Slice it, rather thickly and fry it in olive oil/butter. The stuff they sell in the bag is already cooked, just needs a final prep. You can also buy corn meal and make it yourself, but get ready to stir and stir and stir in a big pot of water or broth. It's really easy to make, just a bit time consuming.
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
Dinah, you take the polenta out of the casing whole. Slice it, rather thickly and fry it in olive oil/butter. The stuff they sell in the bag is already cooked, just needs a final prep. You can also buy corn meal and make it yourself, but get ready to stir and stir and stir in a big pot of water or broth. It's really easy to make, just a bit time consuming.

Thank you for explaining this to me, Franz. I'll have to try it.
post #23 of 25
I usually make it myself, put half of it in a casserole dish, put sliced mozzarella, tomatoes, onions, basil and oregano in the middle, cover with the rest of the polenta, and then bake it till it's golden brown.
post #24 of 25
I like it sliced, panfried in a bit of butter, with my own marinara sauce atop it, meatballs and/or sausages on the side (if you eat meat).

foodnetwork should have lots of recipes I bet
post #25 of 25
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thanks for all your recipes, never realised you could slice it! did a google search and found a good recipe for polenta bruschetta (spell?). going to try some with mozerella and parmasan tomorrow. mmmmmmmmmmm
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