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I had polenta today and it was...

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Epicure Mon 15-Nov-10 16:47:14

crap. What do you normally do with it? I sliced and fried it as per the instructions and it was soggy and tasteless. It was pre-made - does that make a difference? I now have 3/4 of a pack left, what do you do with polenta?

winnybella Mon 15-Nov-10 16:48:16

Bleugh. Throw it away.

It's horrible.

overmydeadbody Mon 15-Nov-10 16:48:46

It is vile.

overmydeadbody Mon 15-Nov-10 16:49:48

Don't bother buying it in future. There are endless varieties of nice food.

MakemineaGandT Mon 15-Nov-10 16:50:38

horrid stuff

stressheaderic Mon 15-Nov-10 16:50:55

I accidentally ate it for first time on a buffet in Croatia when I was pregnant.

Boaktastic. Smelt like athletes foot, tasted of nothing.

KeithTalent Mon 15-Nov-10 16:51:58

Use it dry in baking.

Use it to give a nice crust to bread and pizza.

Use it in a rice pudding-type affair with cinnamon, raisons and cream.

Never bought the pre-cooked stuff though, not sure if you can do the above with it?

KeithTalent Mon 15-Nov-10 16:52:43

Polenta is nice you heathens!

droves Mon 15-Nov-10 16:58:44

precooked is vile ....the dry stuff is much better as you can add stuff to flavour it .


lapislazuli Mon 15-Nov-10 17:01:02

wait til it's set, slice into chunks & fry in a frying pan. Add salt & pepper = delicious!
Did you mix any parmesan into first? It is bland so needs a bit of a kick.

lapislazuli Mon 15-Nov-10 17:01:56

sorry, just re-read your post! I see that you did fry it, duh. Sorry. Still stand by the parmesan thing though + seasoning.

gorionine Mon 15-Nov-10 17:03:33

Polenta is really nice (not the pre made one though)

Brown some onions, then add boiling water and watever quantity of polenta you need. Salt pepper. Heaven with a meat in sauce.

When I have left overs I "cube"it and just grill it with cheese. MMHHHH

taffetacat Mon 15-Nov-10 17:06:11

yy to use in baking

I have recipes for:

Lemon polenta shortbread
Polenta, orange and macadamia cake

Can post recipes if you're interested in either.

muggglewump Mon 15-Nov-10 17:06:50

Pre made is crap.

You need to make it yourself with stock instead of water and a truckload of parmesan. It's good just like that, or let it set and fry.

droves Mon 15-Nov-10 17:26:28

if you fry it , do it in 1/2 butter 1/2 olive oil ....normal cooking oil and its boogin.

dikkertjedap Mon 15-Nov-10 17:36:46

My dh loves it with a tomato sauce and sausage. I only like it made as a porridge with milk and sugar ... (to my dh horror)

GoodnightNobody Mon 15-Nov-10 17:40:27

My mum makes a fabulous polenta dish, but then she is a great cook.

She makes up polenta, leaves to cool in shallow dish to fry in olive oil later when set.

She sauce to go with it is onion fried gently with fresh tomatoes, capers & shrimp.

Her polenta is really well seasoned and yum.

Mine on the other hand is shit.

GoodnightNobody Mon 15-Nov-10 17:41:10

The sauce not she sauce.

drivingmisscrazy Mon 15-Nov-10 17:43:26

ick; it is good for fooling dcs with (slice up chicken breast, bit of olive oil, roll in polenta, put in oven - hey presto: chicken nuggets...albeit slightly gritty ones)

Epicure Mon 15-Nov-10 19:26:25

Actually drivingmisscrazy I bought because I thought it would be a good finger food cut into slices for DD!

Taffetacat - not to be rude but I would love your recipes if I can use the polenta I already have, rather than buy any more...budget is tiiiight. Thanks.

drivingmisscrazy Mon 15-Nov-10 22:22:30

did she not like it either, then (good taste, good taste).

MaryMungo Tue 16-Nov-10 19:19:59

Slice it up and fry it, then put it on a baking sheet and top it with whatever you would put on a pizza (sauce, meat, cheese, veg, etc). Bake till the cheese is a bit browned. That's how I always serve premade polenta (sausages and diced olive, yum!).

Bodenbabe Tue 16-Nov-10 19:24:43

I used the dried stuff to coat roast potatoes in after par-boiling and before putting in the fat - makes them extra crisp and gorgeous.

MoonFaceMamaaaaargh Tue 16-Nov-10 21:36:06

Polenta! Oh yes. Yes to making it yourself and stuffing it full of yummyness!

No no no to the premade stuff. Sorry.

BeenBeta Tue 16-Nov-10 21:41:21

I do a gorgeous Lemon Polenta cake with a recipe from Nigella. Very moreish and great for coeliacs.

Fried polenta is bleurgh!

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