How to Make Italian Polenta

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Italian polenta blends rich flavors and wonderful textures into a dish that even the most serious meat eaters can still enjoy. Make Italian polenta with help from a professional chef in this free video clip.

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I'm Nancy Olah and thank you for joining us at eHow.com. Today, we're going to make real Italian polenta. If you watched my other video, you know that there's a lazy cook's guide to making polenta but I'm going to show you the real hardcore Italian version today. I've got eight cups of boiling water here to which I've added one and a half teaspoons of salt. I'm going to slowly stir in my corn grits and these are stone ground corn grits so you've got a full kernel of corn there and that's the reason they're going to take a long time to cook. Now I'm going to have to stir like my life depended on it because every time I've moved away from the stove while I'm making these, I end up with a lumpy mess. So, let's see what it looks like 45 minutes later. It has thickened up beautifully and now we're going to add the butter, cream and the cheese that's going to turn this into real Italian polenta. So I put in about two tablespoons of butter, now I'm pouring in about a quarter cup of half and half or cream and the polenta is just going to take on this beautiful soft creamy appearance. Now I'm adding about a half a cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated of course. Oh my gosh the difference in smell is fabulous. Last but not least, I'm going to put a bunch of freshly ground black pepper in here because I call this my peppery Parmesan polenta. If I'm not going to be eating my polenta tonight, I have a couple of options. I can go ahead and put it into a mold and create actual layers that I can then grill or bake in the oven or I can go ahead and pour my polenta into a prepared pan and use it as the base for several other dishes. Any way you slice it, this Italian polenta is really delicious. Thanks for learning how to make it with me today at eHow.com. I'm Nancy Olah.

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