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JESSSCHROEDER SparkPoints: (1,135)
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12/28/12 2:48 P

I used to buy the flavored tubes on polenta. This is what I would make at least once a week:
-slice up polenta tube (I like the Italian flavored ones)
-pan fry really quick
-top with chunky spaghetti sauce or fresh tomatoes and some mozzarella.
Super tasty.

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BUUKWORM14 SparkPoints: (59,600)
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12/28/12 10:09 A

I love polenta! It's very easy and versatile. I make a pot on the stove and top it with veggies & tomato sauce or saute some mushrooms and a fried egg. It can get messy when you're cleaning up so make sure you soak the pan quickly.

I tend to make my polenta a bit soft but you can also shape it, slice and pan-fry it. It's also delicious like that.

Height: 5' 11"
Starting weight: 228
Ultimate goal: 180-170

Currently working and going to grad school. Given my stress level and time constraints (and with my doctor's blessing), I'm not trying to lose a lot of weight, just be healthy and not gain. Once I get my degree I'll pick things up again.

PSCHIAVONE2 SparkPoints: (18,903)
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12/28/12 8:50 A

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.

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12/28/12 1:37 A

I saw Polenta in the supermarket the other day, and thought about giving it a try. I am always looking for new things to try, but I am not exactly sure what to do with it.

any advice?

I am looking at Polenta recipes, but honestly, there are so many different things from baked, to fried to creamy to cakes... I am not sure where to start!!

Thanks Sparkies!



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