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Grana Calabrese Polenta Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup polenta
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup grated Grana Calabrese cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Special equipment needed:
- Large saucepan
- Whisk
- Wooden spoon
- Serving dish

Step-by-step instructions:
1. In a large saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the boiling water.
3. Gradually whisk in 1 cup of polenta, stirring constantly to prevent lumps.
4. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir with a wooden spoon for 30-40 minutes or until the polenta is thick and creamy.
5. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup of grated Grana Calabrese cheese, 2 tablespoons of butter, and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.
6. Mix well until the cheese and butter are melted and fully incorporated.
7. Pour the polenta into a serving dish and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Low heat
Serving size:
4 servings

Nutritional information:
Calories: 250
Fat: 10g
Carbohydrates: 32g
Protein: 8g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Grana Calabrese cheese can be substituted with Parmesan cheese or any other hard cheese.

- Add chopped herbs such as rosemary or thyme for extra flavor.
- Top with sautéed mushrooms or roasted vegetables for a vegetarian option.
- Add cooked sausage or bacon for a meaty version.

Tips and tricks:
- Use a whisk to prevent lumps from forming in the polenta.
- Stir constantly to prevent the polenta from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Add more water if the polenta becomes too thick.

Storage instructions:
- Store leftover polenta in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheating instructions:
- Reheat the polenta in a saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until heated through.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the polenta in a shallow bowl or on a plate.
- Garnish with chopped herbs or grated cheese.

- Chopped herbs
- Grated cheese

- Grilled chicken or steak
- Roasted vegetables
- Salad

Suggested side dishes:
- Garlic bread
- Roasted potatoes
- Steamed vegetables

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the polenta becomes too thick, add more water or milk to thin it out.
- If the polenta is too runny, continue to cook it over low heat until it thickens.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to cook the polenta thoroughly to prevent foodborne illness.

Food history:
- Polenta is a traditional Italian dish made from boiled cornmeal.

Flavor profiles:
- Creamy
- Cheesy
- Savory

Serving suggestions:
- Serve hot as a main dish or side dish.

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Region: Italian

Taste: Savory, Tangy, Cheesy, Aromatic, Earthy, Nutty