I made polenta for the first time over a year ago and I loved it from that first bite. Creamy, smooth and buttery, polenta is a side dish that doesn’t get nearly enough credit. I served this cheesy stove-top polenta with the Mexican Pork Chile Verde I made earlier this week and it was the perfect match for the spicy saucy pork.
- 2 cups milk
- 2 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 2-3 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
- Heat the water, milk and salt in a saucepan over medium high heat. When it is steaming, slowly pour in the cornmeal while whisking the mixture in the pan. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue stirring occasionally over the next 10-15 minutes while the mixture thickens.
- Remove the thickened polenta from the stove and add the butter and the cheese. Stir until smooth and creamy. Taste, adjust the salt if needed and serve warm. If you are making this in advance, cover and refrigerate. Reheat in the microwave, about 4-5 minutes on high. Stir vigorously to fluff after reheating. Enjoy!