Make cornmeal a pantry staple
Polenta is a simple Italian porridge made from medium- or coarse-ground cornmeal. It’s arguably one of the cheapest yet most delicious ingredients you can buy, so we always keep a bag in the pantry for last-minute entertaining.
One caveat: Don’t bother with the instant stuff.
Yes, it is faster and easier to cook and doesn’t require quite as much of a biceps workout, but it yields a bland, gloopy mess.
The key to amazing polenta?
Grain-to-liquid ratio. We believe that one part cornmeal to five parts liquid yields the creamiest, lightest consistency.