How to Make Perfect Polenta

Total Time: 55 minutes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

Price per serving: $4.05

Author: Chef John

Source: www.allrecipes.com

How to Make Perfect Polenta

Ingredients

· 4 cups water· 1 teaspoon fine salt· 1 cup polenta· 3 tablespoons butter, divided· ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish

Instructions

Step 1Bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan; pour polenta slowly into boiling water, whisking constantly until all polenta is stirred in and there are no lumps.Step 2Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking often, until polenta starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Polenta mixture should still be slightly loose. Cover and cook for 30 minutes, whisking every 5 to 6 minutes. When polenta is too thick to whisk, stir with a wooden spoon. Polenta is done when texture is creamy and the individual grains are tender.Step 3Turn off heat and gently stir 2 tablespoons butter into polenta until butter partially melts; mix 1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese into polenta until cheese has melted. Cover and let stand 5 minutes to thicken; stir and taste for salt before transferring to a serving bowl. Top polenta with remaining 1 tablespoon butter and about 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for garnish.