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What can I do with a packet of polenta?

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frogs Mon 18-Apr-05 14:41:41

Not even the easy-cook variety, I am afraid. It's sell-by date is rapidly approaching. Please help prevent me having to throw it out!

enigma Mon 18-Apr-05 14:43:27

Can't help because I think it's vile stuff. Once tried a recipe with it and it was inedible.

I'm sure a more culinary gifted person will come up with some good suggestions however.

AnnieQ Mon 18-Apr-05 14:47:57

There are some recipes here

triceratops Mon 18-Apr-05 14:56:52

Bin? I am with enigma. I don't like natchos either, same flavour.

Leogaela Tue 19-Apr-05 09:53:29

Don't bin it!!!! I like it and have a good vegetarian recipe which I have served to guests several times and had good comments.

Cut red peppers in half lenghtways and fill them wiht a mix of chopped tomatoes, black olives, capers, garlic and some fresh basil (you can add other stuff like anchovies or ham I guess). season with slat and pepper and pour over some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Roast in the oven.

Follow instructions on Polenta packet or my recipe book says:-

For 100g of polenta (supposedly for 2-4 people).

Put 500ml water in a pan with a pinch of salt and bring to boil. reduce heat and sprinkle in the polenta stirring constantly.
Keep cooking and stirring on a v.low heat until the mixture begins to pull away from the sides of the pan. takes about 15 - 30 mins. The polenta should be thick and lump free.
Add butter (25g) - I don't bother with butter.

Cut 50g of Gorgonzola (italian blue cheese) into small chunks an add into the polenta.

The recipe then says - transfer to a shallow tray or wooden board (dampened with water to prevent sticking) and cool until firm. cut the polenta into 4 squares put on a non-stick baking sheet and cook under a hot grill until the cheese melts.

I usually - put the polenta into an ovenproof dish and stick it in the oven until the peppers and every thing else is ready (you can make the polenta upto a day before).

Serve with a rocket salad.

cat82 Tue 19-Apr-05 10:22:47

Hi Frogs, I have the yummiest recipie that uses Polenta flour if that's what you have.


8-10 inch Flan case
8oz unsalted butter, softened
8oz Caster sugar
8oz ground almonds
3 eggs
zest of 2 lemons
juice of 1 lemon
2 vanilla essence
3 drops of lemon essence
4oz polenta flour
3/4 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsps salt
Handful of flaked almonds to decorate

Beat butter, sugar together until creamy.
Stir in the ground almonds, vanilla essence.
Beat in the eggs a little at a time and add the polenta, lemon zest, juice, baking powder and salt.
Spoon into flan case, decorate with the almonds and bake in a pre heated oven for 45-55 until brown on top.

Trust me it's delicous if you like almonds and lemon!

cat82 Tue 19-Apr-05 10:27:33

Sorry forgot the temp of the oven! 160 degrees centigrade

frogs Tue 19-Apr-05 10:27:56

Thing is, I don't know if it's polenta flour. It's a packet of orangey stuff, not as fine as flour, slightly coarser than grains of salt. The packet says "Organic Polenta". No instructions, no nothing. I'm assuming it's not easy-cook polenta, or it would say so.

It just all sounds like an awful faff, a bit like making risotto only not so nice. I was hoping for something along the lines of "Bung it in a pot with x, y, z and a bit of a, b, c and push it in the oven for 30 mins". Or am I deluding myself?

Maybe I should just save it for fluffing up roast potatoes, although it will be well past the sell-by date next time I bother with roast spuds. Oh well.

enigma Tue 19-Apr-05 10:30:37

Go on chuck it - you know you want to

(No disrepect to Cat and her probably yummy recipe)

SoupDragon Tue 19-Apr-05 10:30:44

I coat chicken mini fillets in out of date polenta, lightly fry them and serve them to my children...

expatinscotland Tue 19-Apr-05 10:32:13

yuk. like sweetcorn rubber. could cut it into discs and use as hocky pucks.

gingerbear Tue 19-Apr-05 10:33:32

mix two parts polenta with one part PVA glue and one part water to smooth paste.
Use to fill in hairline wall cracks before decorating.
- thought I had better add that just in case you tried it.

gingerbear Tue 19-Apr-05 10:34:25

Could it be made into playdough??

cat82 Tue 19-Apr-05 10:35:06

My packet doesn't say Polenta flour on it, but on the back it does say Pre cooked corn meal for polenta.
It does sound from your description that that's what you have!

Enigma i suggest you try it!

frogs Tue 19-Apr-05 10:35:57


I think I can feel a consensus developing here...

cat82 Tue 19-Apr-05 10:37:12

Bah i know when i'm beat

*chuck it*

ks Tue 19-Apr-05 10:42:47

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Leogaela Tue 19-Apr-05 12:13:18

No, don't chuck it! It is really easy! Just cook it in some boiled water and stick some cheese in it! if you are cooking it and it isn't thickening up then chuck a bit more in!

SoupDragon Tue 19-Apr-05 12:18:04

When cooked as a coating, it has something close to that authentic Nugget Orange colour

WideWebWitch Tue 19-Apr-05 12:20:36

I think it's vile too, throw it out! I did cook with it once in 1998 (it really was, how sad am I that I remember?) and vowed never again.

Gwenick Tue 19-Apr-05 12:24:16

otherwise known as SADZA

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