Monday, September 12, 2011

Cheesy Bacon Polenta

 After buying an overpriced bag of “polenta” , i quickly realized that polenta actually is just cornmeal. Pardon my ignorance… LOL.
 It is actually fun to learn new things everyday about food and all things culinary, and sometimes i am completely humbled by all there is to find out!!
I have never made or had polenta before….. you can also let it sit and cool in a pan, then slice and fry, FriedMush, or Fried Polenta.  Wow , what a concept!  So, for years after reading my friend, Kim’s recipe for Fried Mush, i finally broke down and made the first step. The polenta.   So easy, it’s crazy.
Basic recipe HERE, from Allrecipes.

8 Servings~~~~~
6 cups chicken broth ( or any broth you like)
2 cups polenta ( corn meal)
8 oz bacon, cut into LARDONS, sauteed till done, with fat reserved
1/2 sweet large sweet onion, minced, cooked with the bacon lardons
1/2 cup finely chopped chives
3 sage leaves, chopped fine
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
 Cook the bacon lardons and onions together in large saucepan until bacon is crispy. Set aside, reserving fat.
Bring the broth to a boil over high heat, turn down to a simmer and slowly add cormeal, if you pour it too fast, it will be lumpy, NOT A GOOD THING!.  Add bacon fat, maybe about 1/4 cup if you aren’t calorie, artery clogging scared…( ohhh it adds so much flavor!) , chives, sage, salt and pepper. The amount of the spices really depends on your tastebuds, not mine :)
Cook, stirring contantly, adding water as needed for about 20-30 min , or until completely smooth. Add cheese. Still till melted. Serve. Garnish with extra cheese, bacon, and sea salt.
Tune in for the next blog when i attempt Friend Mush with the leftover chilling in the fridge.
Thanks so much for reading. If you have a polenta recipe, please post the link here or your recipe. I know we will be making this alot more around here!

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