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Perfect Polenta

(recipe, Katie Hickey)


Polenta can be made 20 minutes ahead and kept, covered, at room temperature (do not let stand longer, or it will solidify).


  1. 4 cups water
  2. 1 tsp. salt
  3. 1 cup polenta (not quick-cooking) or yellow cornmeal (5 ounces)
  4. 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter or ΒΌ cup graed parmesean


  1. Bring water and salt to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan, then add polenta in a thin stream, whisking. Cook over moderate heat, whisking, 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cover pan, then cook at a bare simmer, stirring with a long-handled spoon for 1 minute after every 10 minutes of cooking, 45 minutes total. Remove from heat and whisk in butter until incorporated.
  2. Serve polenta warm.