Polenta Creamy Good and Almost No Stir

45 mins (prep 10, cooking 35)
10 ingredients
6 servings
I was one of few that tested this for Cook's Illustrated. I was very impressed with this method which uses a secret ingredient of baking soda. Baking soda added to the cooking liquid can reduce the time it takes for the gelatinization to occur which in turn shortens the cooking time. You can use vegetable stock or chicken broth in place of the water. I tasted and it was good but wanted to kick it up and added chopped scallions and chopped chipotles for a kick. Just remember to simmer over very low heat so low you don't think it is cooking.

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Serving Size (317.48 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 69.93 Calories from Fat 8.46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.94g 8.72%
Saturated Fat 0.59g 17.63%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 3.78mg 7.56%
Sodium 1004.34mg 251.08%
Total Carbohydrate 7.56g 15.12%
Dietary Fiber 0.0 g 0.0%
Sugars 0.28 g %
Protein 7.56g 90.72%
Vitamin A 28.54IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 160.55mg% Iron 0.95mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
ground, cornmeal, plus