Made from finely ground cornmeal, polenta is gaining in popularity across the United States. It’s healthy, gluten-free and delicious. Polenta is a very versatile food and there are dozens of ways it can be prepared. This article features a handful of restaurant owners, and they discuss their unique entree that uses polenta. If you are looking for creative ways to prepare polenta, read on.
- Originating in Northern Italy as a peasant food, polenta has gained popularity in the U.S. for its creamy texture and versatility.
- Traditionally made from coarsely ground cornmeal, polenta is naturally gluten-free and can be served with or without added spices and cheeses, making a great entrée base or side.
- It’s even versatile enough to be cooled, sliced and fried, or baked into polenta cakes or polenta fries, which can then be topped with any number of ingredients and sauces.
““Polenta is literally a healthy base for everything,” said Emile Chalouhi, “Pure polenta is more versatile than even pasta or rice.””