If you’ve heard about polenta before, then this could be just the post you’ve been looking for. These recipes will definitely help you make the most out of your pack of polenta. If you don’t know much about polenta, then you’ve reached the right place: this post can be your guide to using polenta well! Before we dig in (wink wink), let’s spend some time understanding what polenta is.
Polenta is a dish made with cornmeal, slow cooked for a creamy, rich result. It is comfort food that is easy to make and also very versatile. It is a great gluten-free source of carbs. Polenta has been eaten since the Roman times, and while it is prepared with cornmeal today, people have used various grains to prepare it, in the past.
Here are some recipes that will take you across the spectrum in terms of how polenta can be used:
1. Vegan Creamy Polenta with Red Wine Mushrooms
The first way to have polenta is, of course, the classic one! Polenta, when cooked, has a lovely, creamy texture and is also filling. While we wanted to present you with a basic polenta recipe, we stumbled upon this one! It is a unique, rich take on the classic. The magic is in the pairing of creamy polenta with mushrooms cooked in red wine. They’ve used baby bella and shiitake mushrooms, but you can definitely experiment with the choice of mushrooms. This combination will leave you with a rich, earthy experience. Don’t miss out!View Recipe
2. Mediterranean Vegetable Polenta
What makes this recipe special is that it is intensely aromatic, vibrant and has the goodness of vegetables and chickpeas. Flavoured with spices such as turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and paprika and paired with delicious veggies including squash, eggplant, tomatoes and red bell peppers, this version of polenta makes for a wonderful meal that will take you to another part of the world and back. You know what to cook to impress your guests during your next get-together, now!View Recipe
3. Polenta Frittata
Frittata is a creamy, traditionally egg-based dish. Vegans, you aren’t missing out on much, though! This recipe will help you make a yummy, custard-y frittata minus the eggs. You must have guessed the star ingredient: polenta. The mushrooms, tomatoes and basil, along with the polenta come together for a super delicious frittata. We recommend experimenting with the veggies in this frittata. Add what you love – when it comes to veggies, it’s definitely “the more, the merrier!” This dish is a perfect pick for breakfast or brunch.View Recipe
4. Polenta Fries
We don’t know about you, but we were sold at “fries”! The things you can do with polenta will continue to surprise you until the end of this post. Yes, polenta fries are a thing. Don’t take it from us – go check out this recipe and find out! These fries are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The nutritional yeast in this recipe adds a yummy, cheesy kick to the fries too. Finally, this recipe also includes instructions for making a lovely marinara dipping sauce. If you’re looking for a quick fix for the dip, then we’ve got you covered. We recommend some Vegan Mayo to go with these fries.View Recipe
5. Lemon Blueberry Polenta Cake
For each sweet-tooth out there, this one is a must-try. We promised to surprise you right till the end of this post: this is us, honouring that promise. Polenta yields a lovely cake when paired with almond flour. This cake brings to us the classic lemon-blueberry combination, but with an indulgent, polenta-ey twist! This one is made to perfection in a skillet, and is great if you’re looking for a tea-time snack, a summer dessert or a rustic cake.View Recipe
If you’re itching to try out these recipes, then head over to our website and get your pack of polenta today!
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