TV Tuesday # 12: Easy Breezy No Stir Polenta and A Trick You’d Never Think Would Work

A stack of polenta with grilled eggplant, steamed chard and a homemade tomato sauce. Yum.

The restaurant I work with makes a Polenta Stack that I love. The polenta paired with cheese, tomato sauce and grilled veggies is a fabulous combination. This is my version of the same dish, just a little healthier. I’ve been eating it for days. Eggplant and polenta are magic, but the beauty of polenta is that is can easily be paired with almost anything.

Polenta makes a great gluten free substitution or a nice side dish when I’m looking for options outside of potatoes and rice. I’ve even featured polenta a few times here, once in the form of polenta gnocchi with a Mushroom and Tomato Thyme Stew and once as Breakfast Polenta Cakes with a Blackberry Syrup. I love me a good polenta.

Polenta is yummy but it sucks to make…until now

But the truth is, I don’t make it very often because it’s time consuming. In some ways it reminds me of risotto, with the constant stirring, which I also don’t make very often for the same reason. Here’s the thing, my feet are almost always sore, like really sore, so if I have to stand over the stove for 40 minutes, constantly stirring something so it doesn’t burn, the chances of me making it go down drastically.

That was until last week when I discovered a trick to cooking polenta (on a forum, sorry I don’t remember which one), which requires practically no stirring! Its wonderful. Just add the cornmeal to the hot water, whisk for a minute or 2 and walk away. You’ll have to watch the video to find out how this is possible...

Should I try this trick on risotto next? Could it work?

I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Fat Tuesday, A Little Birdie Told Me, Tasty Tuesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives ThursdayThe Nourishing Gourmet, Full Plate Thursday, Friday Food Flicks, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

8 Responses to TV Tuesday # 12: Easy Breezy No Stir Polenta and A Trick You’d Never Think Would Work

  1. Ellen June 5, 2012 at 11:13 am #

    Thanks France – I actually like all that stirring – but this could be the magic I need for when my stirring arm needs to be elsewhere – can’t wait to try it. I make polenta a lot – it’s wonderful grilled. Thanks so much. Ellen

  2. OnePerfectBite June 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    What a great technique. I have a recipe for baked polenta, that also requires no stirring.I’ll have to give your method a try. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  3. Goofysrn June 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

    My dad used to stir and soak the corn meal into cold water ( small amount) then drop the softened blobs into simmering liquid    it  seemed to cook easily and fairly fast. Sally Rawlings

    • beyondthepeel June 7, 2012 at 12:05 am #

      Interesting Sally. I will try it out and compare the two.

  4. Jenn Erickson June 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    High 5 a monkey indeed!  Another awesome video, France!

    • beyondthepeel June 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

      I have my lovely husband to thank for that. He has a great sense of of humor. Have a great day Jenn.

  5. Deelyn48 June 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Love all the wonderful comments and recipe information.  Thank you so much everyone.

  6. angela.simon11 June 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    I am so excited about the idea of no stir polenta. Can’t wait to try it!!!!

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