Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Polenta

By Steven Raichlen

  • Advance Prep: 3 hours for chilling the polenta

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  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth or water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking polenta
  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus 2 tablespoons more for the pan
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

Step 1: Make the polenta: In a medium nonreactive saucepan, bring the broth, salt and pepper to a boil over high heat. Gradually whisk in the polenta. Cook until bubbling and thick, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon. Stir in the 3 tablespoons of butter and the Parmesan.

Step 2: Transfer the hot polenta to a buttered baking dish and smooth the top with a spatula. Let cool completely, then cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.