Crock Pot Polenta (Corn Meal)


Polenta is a Northern Italian dish made from cornmeal.   It was originally known as "peasant food" but it has made its way onto the gourmet menus of high end restaurants. It is usually served with sauces or stewed meats.  

Polenta is traditionally cooked on the stove top and requires constant stirring.  It is labor intense.  I had heard you could make polenta in the slow cooker.  I followed one recipe in a published cook book, but it is was disastrous - it came out like soup.  So, I revamped the recipe and altered that water / polenta ratio and after a few tries had great success!  My recipe even passed my Italian in-law test with rave reviews.

After experiencing the ease of making polenta in my slow cooker, I don't think I'll ever make it on the stove top again.  

Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cups of Quaker Corn Meal [My mother-in-law is from the region of Italy where polenta originated.  This is what she uses....if its good enough for her, its good enough for me].
4 cups of hot tap water
2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper (optional)
3 tablespoons of butter, melted

Optional:  Half and Half, good quality parmesan cheese

I used my 4 quart slow cooker for this recipe

Directions:
Add the corn meal, hot tap water, salt, pepper and melted butter to your slow cooker.  Stir and cook on high with the lid on for 1 1/2 hours (stir once half way through cooking). 

After 1 1/2 hours of cooking when the grains are tender, stir in additional warm water and/or half and half (if desired) until the polenta is to your desired consistency.  Stir in parmesan cheese if desired.


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Crock Pot Polenta (Corn Meal)


Polenta is a Northern Italian dish made from cornmeal.   It was originally known as "peasant food" but it has made its way onto the gourmet menus of high end restaurants. It is usually served with sauces or stewed meats.  

Polenta is traditionally cooked on the stove top and requires constant stirring.  It is labor intense.  I had heard you could make polenta in the slow cooker.  I followed one recipe in a published cook book, but it is was disastrous - it came out like soup.  So, I revamped the recipe and altered that water / polenta ratio and after a few tries had great success!  My recipe even passed my Italian in-law test with rave reviews.

After experiencing the ease of making polenta in my slow cooker, I don't think I'll ever make it on the stove top again.  

Serves 4

Ingredients:
2 cups of Quaker Corn Meal [My mother-in-law is from the region of Italy where polenta originated.  This is what she uses....if its good enough for her, its good enough for me].
4 cups of hot tap water
2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 teaspoon of pepper (optional)
3 tablespoons of butter, melted

Optional:  Half and Half, good quality parmesan cheese

I used my 4 quart slow cooker for this recipe

Directions:
Add the corn meal, hot tap water, salt, pepper and melted butter to your slow cooker.  Stir and cook on high with the lid on for 1 1/2 hours (stir once half way through cooking). 

After 1 1/2 hours of cooking when the grains are tender, stir in additional warm water and/or half and half (if desired) until the polenta is to your desired consistency.  Stir in parmesan cheese if desired.


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I LOVE to hear from my readers! Because of spam comments, I have to review all comments before they are published. I check and respond to comments at least once daily. Thanks, Christine