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Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: Creamy Polenta

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Creamy Polenta



I ended up having to take my son back to the doctor today.  He just wasn't getting any better, after being on the antibiotic for 2 1/2 days.  They gave me a stronger antibiotic.  She told him in 24 hours he would feel like a new man!  I really hope that she is right!

I struggle with side dishes almost every night.  My family does not agree on vegetables, unless it is corn on the cob.  I like most veggies steamed or sauteed.  Husband, not so much.   He has a select few that he likes, but they happen to be the ones I don't!  So when I can find something that suits us both, it makes it into the rotation often.  This Polenta is one of those we both love!

Creamy Polenta
Recipe from Cooking Light
Printable Recipe

2 cups Milk
1 cup Chicken Broth (or 1 cup water, 1 bouillon cube)
3/4 cup uncooked polenta
1/2 tsp Salt
3 oz reduced fat cream cheese

Simmer milk and broth together over medium heat.  Gradually add polenta.  Cook for approx. 20 minutes, or until thick and bubbly, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat, stir in salt and cream cheese.

We eat this a lot with pork chops, but it would go well with just about anything!


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32 Comments:

At August 23, 2011 at 6:52 AM , Blogger Parsley Sage said...

Your poor itty bitty. Rough first week of school! Hopefully this round of antibiotics will help :)

We love polenta too! My mom used to make it when I was younger and its wasn't until I started the blog that she reminded me and sent me her recipe! Yours looks totally delicious

 
At August 23, 2011 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Nava.K said...

We don't eat much of polenta over here at Malaysia Erin but it will be a good choice and your recipe certainly helps. I need to firstly learn to buy the ingredients first and then cooking it.

 
At August 23, 2011 at 7:45 AM , Anonymous Curt said...

That sounds very good. I love side dishes like that.

 
At August 23, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Blogger Free Spirit Eater said...

I LOVE creamy polenta! This dish has everything I like, I'm wishing dinner time would come quicker, I could definitely go for a hearty meal like this one. Thanks for sharing Erin! =]

 
At August 23, 2011 at 8:55 AM , Anonymous amy @ fearless homemaker said...

hope your poor little guy is better ASAP. i love polenta, so this sounds delish to me!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 9:03 AM , Blogger Ann said...

First off...I hope your son is better soon. I hope the antibiotic works this time! The polenta looks amazing! I'm lucky - my hubby loves pretty much any vegetable...and secretly likes chick food! So, it's anything goes at my house!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Tina said...

I have never made polenta, but your recipe here does look fairly easy-worth trying. Hope that your next post tells us your son is much better!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Greg said...

I have only made polenta a couple of times with other people, but this seems easy. I am going to have to give it a try.

 
At August 23, 2011 at 9:23 AM , Anonymous Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

I love polenta! Though, I've only made it sliced and never just creamy. I will give this recipe a try sometime!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) said...

Polenta is one of my FAVORITE foods ever. I love it with a poached egg on top.... and now my mouth is watering!!! :)

 
At August 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM , Blogger Kim Bee said...

Great recipe, it looks scrumptious. I am so sorry your little guy is still sick. I`ll be sending good vibes his way for a speedy recovery.

 
At August 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM , Anonymous janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Awww, sorry your son still isn't feeling up to snuff; hopefully this med will take care of that.

I loveeeeee polenta. But then again, I've been in the south for over 20 years and since it's akin to grits, how can I NOT love it? I'd be drummed out of the state if I didn't hehe. This looks wonderful. :-)

 
At August 23, 2011 at 1:33 PM , Anonymous Alida said...

I have never tried polenta, but I am now going to make it. This recipe sounds fantastic!

Wishing your son a speedy recovery.

 
At August 23, 2011 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Victoria said...

I have falled hard for polenta. It's amazing! Lookin good, Erin :)

 
At August 23, 2011 at 2:13 PM , Anonymous kristy said...

We struggle with side dishes too - half the time we just skip them. LOL.

I hope your little guy is up and running at full speed and health in no time. And I hope this will be it for his fall sicknesses! That's the biggest downside of going back to school season. My youngest starts this week...I'm sure she'll be bringing home something soon.

 
At August 23, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Oh, I hope your son gets better quickly now. Yikes! Tough being a mom sometimes - even now when my boys are 27 and 24 - not always easy! You don't stop worrying completely but they are still worth it. :)

Never had polenta - so hopped on by to see what it is. :)

 
At August 23, 2011 at 3:32 PM , Anonymous Kate@Diethood said...

We are huge polenta fans! I love the idea of including some cream cheese in there!

Hope your little man is getting better!! Sending him get well wishes and hugs!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Holly Henry said...

Your dinner looks awesome and I have no doubt the polenta is delicious :)

 
At August 23, 2011 at 4:08 PM , Anonymous Anne@frommysweetheart said...

Believe it or not...I have never tried making polenta...but I love it and this looks good and easy! Sorry your son is having a rough start to his school year! Hope he is on the mend soon! : )

 
At August 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM , Anonymous blackbookkitchendiaries said...

i love how pretty that plate looks!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 7:00 PM , Blogger Annie Oakley's Kitchen said...

Awe, I hope your little man starts feeling better soon! Isn't polenta the same thing as corn meal mush but in a different for? I love that stuff!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Bake Your Day said...

This whole meal looks so good! I have only had polenta once, it was made into cakes and I wasn't a fan. The cream cheese in yours sounds so good though!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Peggy said...

Aww, hope the little guy gets to feeling better soon!

This polenta looks great. It's been a while since we've had some, so I might have to try this one out next time =)

 
At August 23, 2011 at 8:56 PM , Anonymous Tiffany said...

I hope your son is back to 100% soon! I made grits cakes the other day that were similar to this polenta... makes a GREAT side dish! BUZZED!

 
At August 23, 2011 at 10:27 PM , Blogger Maria said...

Yummi!
Enjoy Cooking.

 
At August 23, 2011 at 10:38 PM , OpenID thefooddoctor said...

Hope your son feels better real soon
I struggle with sides too and this sounds like an amazing one

 
At August 24, 2011 at 12:09 AM , Anonymous Pierre said...

Polenta's not a true side vege tho, but it's a great change of pace on the topic of variety. Hope your son's getting better soon!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 9:10 PM , OpenID adashofdomestic said...

I like polenta! This looks great!

 
At August 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM , Blogger Alex said...

fantastic! I love polenta and I bet it would be great with porkchops!
hope your little one feels better soon!

 
At August 25, 2011 at 1:15 AM , Blogger Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Now I see. He wasn't getting better even with antibiotics. I'm really glad he's finally better. Feeding veggies to kids is always challenge and I always find a way to "hide" them in food because they won't eat them as a "side" dish! Your polenta looks delicious!

 
At September 3, 2011 at 9:35 AM , Blogger Lizzy said...

This polenta looks lovely...and I love that the calories are scaled down :)

 
At September 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM , Anonymous Joanne said...

I think I might have to make some for breakfast lol.

 

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