Here’s the basic drill: grab that lonely box of cornmeal (you can use any old kind, just make sure it’s the fine-ground kind. Otherwise you will be making grits, which are also wonderful, but we’re after polenta here!). Boil up some water mixed with milk, and whisk, whisk, whisk in the cornmeal. You’ll want to stir it for about five minutes until it is smooth and creamy. Now comes the part that takes it from good to great: toss in about one cup of fresh corn kernels, some butter and a handful of grated Parmesan cheese. A little salt and pepper to taste, and finally, about a tablespoon of fresh thyme.
Now THAT’S a side dish…move on over, mashed potatoes. The polenta is in town!
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1½ cup water
- ½ cup fine cornmeal
- 1 cup fresh corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped
- Bring milk and water to a boil in medium pot. Pour cornmeal into pot in a slow steady stream, whisking briskly. Whisk until mixture is smooth and creamy, about 5 minutes.
- Add in corn, butter and cheese and stir for one more minute. Season to taste. Stir in thyme and serve immediately.