Chef John's Three Corn Polenta

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When I first began my career as a cook in San Francisco, I remember talking with a Chef about an upcoming menu on which he was thinking of using polenta as the side dish. I asked him if he was talking about polanda. He said he'd never heard of polanda. I called my mom and told her we were going to serve something called polenta at the restaurant. I asked her if she had ever heard of it. She laughed and said that they were the same things! She explained that 'pol-an-da' was just our family's mispronunciation of the actual name polenta. I was pretty embarrassed, to say the least!

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons butter, divided

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels, divided

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 clove garlic, pressed

  • 2 ½ cups water, divided

  • ½ cup polenta

Directions

  1. Melt 1 teaspoon butter and olive oil in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook and stir 2/3 of the corn, with a pinch of salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper in the hot butter and oil until the corn is fragrant and golden, about 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. Pour 2 cups water into corn mixture; bring to a simmer and whisk polenta into mixture. Bring to a simmer again, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick and polenta absorbs the water, 20 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup water and stir; cook for until water is completely absorbed, about 10 minutes more.

  3. Stir remaining corn and 1 teaspoon butter into polenta mixture. Remove from heat, cover the pot, and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

166 Calories
6g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 166
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 211mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 10mg 51%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 162mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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