A shout out to polenta this week, I’m here to try and change the minds of anyone who still thinks polenta is just a bowl of slop and help you see it for what it actually is a brilliantly versatile comfort food. Yeah sure its derived from a Northern Italian peasant food but I think food originating from a humble peasant background are some of the tastiest.
I don’t think polenta has any particular health benefits but because its made from corn it is gluten free so for anyone with a gluten allergy or intolerance polenta may well be your hero. It will give you the satisfying full heart warming feeling that a bowl of pasta or mash potatoes would. So to showcase polenta I’ve made three simple recipes using instant polenta. I rustled up a creamy almond milk polenta porridge which I topped off with baked figs, almonds, stem ginger and honey, you can of course add any fruits, nuts and seeds you like.
Another breakfast dish or a lunch is this herb polenta cake with the addition of comte cheese making it super tasty and topped off with a fried or poached egg. Lastly polenta chips which I’m sure you will have all tried if you haven’t your missing out, be sure to roll the chips in dry polenta before frying to make them extra crispy. I sprinkled my chips with a fragrant lemon and rosemary salt which is super easy to make.
There are loads of other ways to use polenta one tip is to roll out your home made pizza dough in it to make an extra crispy base or you could try it in baking check out my nectarine, almond and polenta cake. Are you a polenta fan? What’s your favourite way to eat it?