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How to Make Polenta: Yet Another Solution

(post, Jean Henrich)

When I tried out Carrie Floyd's Easy Polenta, it was easy and turned out well, but left a coating on the bottom of my pot. I assume this doesn't happen with the recipes that call for constant stirring, but since the pot cleaned up fine I was happy.

Now, Mark Bittman weighs in with his suggestion for the "definitive" polenta-making process sans hassle. It calls for mixing 1 cup of water with 1 cup of cornmeal first, then heating, then stirring in the rest of the water as needed as it cooks. More work, yes, but might warrant a try.