Think of it like rice. Polenta itself does not have a strong taste so it is a good palate to add flavor. If you buy the loose polenta that you cook it is best. Then you can make whatever you want with it. I use it as a base for baked meats. I simply heat up some chicken or vegetable stock. Usually about one cup, then add seasonings that compliment the meat dish that I am making. Maybe some basil, oregano, and black pepper all to taste. Once the broth is simmering then I add three tablespoons of Polenta and whisk. It lumps up really easy. This makes almost a soupy mix. You can add more polenta to make it as stiff as you wish. When I was young my mom used to make the same thing but with 6 tablespoons of polenta, then when it cooled down she would form it into little cakes and roll in flour. Then deep fry. I stay away from deep frying. If you make it stiff, you can also use the polenta to make interesting displays on your plate. Last week I made it stiff and then used it to stuff a pork chop and baked in the oven. I seasoned it with cumin, coriander, white pepper, and turmeric. Just get some and have fun with it.