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Polenta Recipes Are Making Corn Proud (PHOTOS)

It's creamy, savory and just what we need in the middle of winter.
01/06/2012 11:32am ET | Updated December 6, 2017

If you haven't cooked with polenta, you'll be glad you came across this post. (If you know polenta well, you understand exactly what we mean.) Polenta isn't anything fancy, it's nothing more than yellow or white cornmeal, but once it's cooked with an Italian touch, it tastes like it was made for Venetian royalty.

Polenta can be sweet or savory -- it's impressively versatile -- but we like it best for dinner. You can keep the preparation simple, with just water and butter, or make a rich polenta recipe with milk and your favorite Italian cheese (which we highly recommend). Polenta is very similar to grits -- the distinction between the two is subtle and comes down to a difference in the variety of corn used -- but it's prepared with Italian flavors, which can only mean the best of things.

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Fontina Polenta And Easy Marinara
Foodie Crush
2
Vegetarian Polenta Lasagna Stacks
Bev Cooks
3
Polenta Palooza
Christina Eats
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4
Carlo Middione's Polenta Facile
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5
Polenta Cookies
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6
Fresh Corn Polenta With Tomato Corn Broth And Mushrooms
Dana Treat
7
Osso Buco With Creamy Polenta
Bell'Alimento
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8
Spicy Grilled Polenta Crostini With Roasted Peppers And Olives
Baking Obsession
9
Mini Jalapeno Polenta Cakes
Bev Cooks
10
Creamy Polenta With Mushroom Sauce
Bell'Alimento
11
Polenta With Hunter Sauce
New Media Publishing
12
Smoked Sausage And Polenta With Parsley Pesto
Bev Cooks
13
Polenta Chips With Gorgonzola Sauce
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14
Fried Chickpea Polenta Sandwich with Olive Butter
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15
Baked Polenta Pie
Two Peas and their Pod
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16
Polenta Pizza
Macheesmo
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17
Creamy Basil Polenta With Roasted Tomatoes
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18
Broccoli And Gorgonzola Polenta
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19
Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta With Eggplant Sauce
Food52
20
Fancy Mushroom Polenta
Love and Lemons
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21
Lemon Polenta Cake With Wild Blueberry Sauce
Apron and Sneakers
22
Pan Fried Hake With Polenta And Wilted Baby Spinach
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23
Browned Butter And Sage Mushrooms With Polenta
The View From The Great Island
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24
Red Pepper Polenta
New Media Publishing
25
Lemon Polenta Cake
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