Creamy Soft Polenta

Creamy Soft Polenta | The Gluten Free Vegan

I love polenta. I have another recipe for polenta that’s set and then can be cut and fried up. You can check that recipe out here.

I also love creamy polenta and a lot of recipes include dairy. Not this one though.

The original recipe and method comes from Martha Stewart. Her recipe does include dairy, so I’ve omitted it and still had great success with the recipe. I do add a bit of good quality olive oil at the end in place of any butter.

This recipe makes a TON of soft polenta so I recommend serving whatever you need then spreading out the remaining on a parchment lined baking sheet to set up, slice and fry up later. Or maybe halving the recipe. Yeah, that could work too. Sort of wish I thought of that.

Cooking soft polenta can be a rather dangerous kitchen endeavour. If you’re not watching closely enough the polenta could start to spatter and if it lands on your hand or foot it’s painful. Like napalm on your flesh type painful. Seriously. So please, keep an eye on your soft polenta as it’s cooking and keep the heat low enough.

Creamy Soft Polenta
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Serves: 8
  • 10 cups cold water, divided
  • 1 heaping tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 cups coarse-ground polenta meal
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Drizzle olive oil
  1. Put 6 cups cold water, the salt, and bay leaf into a large pot, and bring to a boil. Bring remaining 4 cups cold water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add polenta to large pot in small amounts, sprinkling in slowly and whisking constantly until combined. Reduce heat until only a couple of large bubbles appear at a time - on medium-low heat.
  3. Whisk 2 ladlefuls of simmering water into polenta, and cook, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until water has been absorbed, about 5 minutes. Continue to add 2 ladlefuls of water every 5 minutes, stirring often and waiting for it to be absorbed before adding more, until polenta is creamy and just pulls away from sides of pot, between 30-45 minutes, depending on the heat.
  4. Add a drizzle of olive oil over top and stir in just before serving.

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6 Responses to “Creamy Soft Polenta”

  1. June 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I love polenta, too! I actually just discovered polenta in the last year or two and can’t get enough! I even love the pre-cooked tube kind when time is an issue!

  2. June 17, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I have discovered that polenta freezes well too! Once it has set up, you can slice it and freeze it.

    • June 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      That’s brilliant Trudy! I hadn’t thought about freezing the leftovers. How convenient would that be to pull out a few slices to go with a quick lunch or dinner. Thanks for the tip!

  3. June 25, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    I have to try this! I love polenta but have only done stuff with the packaged kind and not from scratch. I used to love mashed potatoes but since going vegan haven’t had as many and I think this would be a great alternative for that comfort food and texture, ya know!?


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