How to Make Perfect Polenta

polenta, how to, tips, Polenta is a popular item that has been on the restaurant scene for a couple of years now. It usually sits under deliciously rich stews, but it has come out from hiding in the past few years as the main attraction. For brunch with poached eggs, grilled with tangy balsamic vinegar or added in a cake for texture, polenta is here to stay. Different cultures have different names and ways of making polenta but the great thing about it, is that it's not a costly grain and that it goes a long way. Polenta, a course or finely ground yellow cornmeal, it usually expands to 4-5 times its volume when cooked in your desired liquid, which is great because you can make several dishes from one pot. Learn how to make polenta apart of your next meal with these simple tips and 5 delicious recipes that will highlight polenta all throughout the week.

The importance of Liquid: 

Polenta needs a good amount of liquid when cooking. Whether it be water or your favorite stock or broth, polenta loves liquids. Whisking the polenta into your simmering liquid will reduce clumps versus stirring with a spoon or fork. A smooth consistency is what you are trying to achieve.

Flavors: 

Polenta is exceptional in the fact that it can adapt and work well with a lot of strong flavors. From herbs to add-ins and everything in between, creamy polenta is the starting point to build flavors.

The Next Day :

Polenta is great in the fact that one pot can make multiple meals and it's also flexible with a variety of cooking methods. With your left over polenta is still hot, pour onto a heavily greased rimmed baking sheet. Flatten the polenta, making sure it's even, and chill until the polenta is set. When polenta is chilled it is now ready to cut into various shapes and sizes (cookie cutters are fun!) and to be cooked a number of ways including seared and grilled. When searing or grilling be sure to lightly oil your shaped polenta to avoid sticking.

Make polenta the star of your dinner table with these 5 delicious recipes: 

10 Side Dishes to Make This Weekend

fresh, asparagus, almonds If finding something to make for dinner is hard, finding a side dish to accompany the main component is even harder. Once you come to the realization of what to cook for dinner, the joy comes to a pause when a side dish is also needed. A plain vegetable or simple mashed potatoes sometimes just doesn't cut it when you want something amazing to shake off the stress of everyday life. A great meal can put you in a even greater mood, so this weekend delight your palate with these 10 amazing side dishes.

Off the Shelf: Weeknight Meals Delicious Made Easy

Am I the only one counting down the days until spring? Its been a cold winter full of hearty soups, thick warming stews, and leftovers but with spring weeks away, I can't help but think about lighter dinners and fresh produce. With sunshine and warm weather, comes the need to cook fresh new meals. We have been eating heavy all winter long, and I know for me as soon as it gets light outside, I'm on a mission to eat something new for dinner most of the week, not including take-out (which will always have a special place in my heart).

If anyone knows how to eat and make amazing weeknight meals, it's food bloggers. The day-to-day lives of food bloggers helps us all to take that chance and make a new recipe for dinner every night. Sitting in front of a computer or tablet though, searching for an appealing dinner is the only downfall of not reaching for the phone and calling your favorite take out place. Now we can find a complied list of these meals, bloggers, and more in Good Bites Weeknight Meals: Delicious Made Easy. 

This 120-recipe cookbook brings all of the web's most popular bloggers and their recipes to one delicious place, your kitchen. This cookbook has come just in time for spring, with meals that can be integrated with fresh produce. A few chapters include Pasta; Seafood; Side Dishes; Chicken and Turkey; and Vegetarian options so every night can be a different home cooked meal that you will love making and will be quick and easy.

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Try these 5 recipes for amazing weeknight meals: