Polenta is an Italian cornmeal boiled with water or stock to make a thick porridge, similar to American yellow grits.
Polenta is northern Italy's answer to pasta. It's a highly traditional dish (it predates the ancient Romans) and can be served simply with butter and salt on its own or as a side to almost any meal. Polenta is beloved in part because it is highly versatile. Polenta is meant to be cooked until a (wooden) spoon can stand in it, quite literally. Oftentimes, leftover polenta gets poured on a slab to form a cake as it cools. This cake can be grilled, fried, baked, or eaten as is. Polenta is a good source of iron and fiber.
Recipes with Polenta