Scarcity shopping: Cornmeal!Posted by March 29, 2020
When we shop now we are doing battle in the supermarket, armed with a list that constantly changes. There is one item that seems to always proliferate the shelves..Cornmeal..mm you say -what do I do with it? Cornbread ok, we have done that. Well try cooking up to some polenta. Breakfast? maple syrup with polenta is a great cooked cereal. Easy dinner? Polenta can be a main dish meal. Cheap, fast and very satisfying. If you can get the stoneground even better but any make of ground cornmeal will do.
What’s the difference between grits and polenta? Polenta is made from yellow cornmeal and Grits is made from white cornmeal or hominy. Highly regional, Italy makes polenta with yellow cornmeal which is a bit coarser and the Southern region of the US is always grits or white cornmeal and has a very fine consistency. Love both!
So here is a basic recipe for cooking cornmeal with some shredded cheese a little wine and cracked pepper. You can add anything to this dish and make it work for a main dish. Shrimp, vegetables, a beef stew or as a side to all grilled meats and poultry, making it a quick easy dish. Let’s get started.
1 cup of cornmeal
2 cups of water
1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
1/4 cup of white wine (optional)
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of salt
2 sprigs of thyme leaves removed from the stem ( or ground thyme 1/4 teaspoon)
3/4 cup of any shredded cheese (Mozzarella, Colby or Cheddar)
2 tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese
Heat to a simmer all liquids, broth, water and wine. Add the herbs, salt and paper and slowly add the cornmeal 1/4 cup at a time and mix thoroughly until dissolved and thickened like a pudding. Add the cheeses and mix until melted. Serve immediately. Keep covered on the stove for later use.
NOTE: Refrigerate overnight and don’t worry if it is solid! Place polenta in a saucepan and add some water or broth heat on medium heat and it will become soft again . Add more cheese if desired and serve with cooked shrimp, chicken or beef with vegetables. Mushrooms cooked ahead of time will work well with this dish.
Has vitamins, Folate, Niacin and Thiamine, with 2 grams of protein per serving with 24 grams of cho (2 carbohydrate servings for diabetic diets) and 1 gram of fiber.