Grilled Polenta

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    Crispy grilled Polenta

    • 40 minutes
    • Serves 8
    • Medium

    Ingredients

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    Grilled polenta is a good option for a side dish served with grilled meat or fish, or regular chicken wings.


    It’s also an excellent vegan option for those who prefer a balanced meal. This recipe can take a while, but the result is oddly satisfying and scrumptious.

    Featured image:
    Grilled Polenta
    by Kevin Rank @ flickr

    Steps

    1
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    In a large saucepan, boil the milk, water, salt, and pepper on low heat. Do not allow the liquid to boil over.

    2
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    Vigorously whisk in the cornmeal (to avoid lumps).

    3
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    Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20 minutes while steering with a heat-resistant rubber spatula and make sure to stir along the sides and bottom of the pan, so the polenta does not stick.

    4
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    Once the mixture is tender, remove the pan from the heat and add in 3 tablespoons of butter and the mascarpone cheese.

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    Cut two pieces of parchment paper to line a 13 X 9- inch rimmed baking sheet.

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    Put one piece of parchment on the sheet and brush 1 tablespoon of butter over it.

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    Pour the polenta onto the buttered parchment and spread the polenta into a smooth, even layer. Then brush the other piece of parchment with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter.

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    Refrigerate until firm for at least 2 hours or up to 2 days in advance.

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    Preheat a grill to medium-high.

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    Trim the polenta by cutting off about 1 inch on each side to form straight edges, and cut it into 6 squares.

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    Halve each square to form 2 triangles.

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    Clean the grill and oil it with some olive oil.

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    Brush the top with olive oil, and place the polenta, oiled side down on the grill.

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    Wait for 3 minutes and rotate the polenta 90 degrees to make grill crosshatch marks.

    15
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    Cook for 3 more minutes, then turn the polenta squares over and repeat. Keep cooking until they are nicely browned and crisp.

    16
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    Serve while hot and enjoy!

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