Polenta To Fry

I had mentioned, on Friday, that I had made a batch of polenta for last nights supper.

Hey, Tom!  ‘Yah got a cuplah minutes to give me a hand ovah he-ah!  My arm is about to fall off.


5 cups water
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ¼ cup of medium grain, yellow cornmeal
1/8-¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ cup freshly grated Parmesano Reggiano cheese
2 tablespoons butter

  • In a large saucepan, place the 5 cups of water and the salt. Bring to a boil and add cornmeal gradually by handfuls stirring to avoid lumps. When the mixture starts to thicken, approximately 3 minutes, reduce heat and simmer the polenta, uncovered, for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring constantly, until very thick and mixture starts to pull away from the pan. Remove from heat; add the black pepper, Parmesan cheese and butter. Mix well.
  • Oil a 9 ½ x 5 ½ inch baking dish and fill with the warm polenta. Smooth the polenta out evenly with a rubber spatula. Cover the pan, refrigerate several hours or overnight until completely cooled, and firm.
  • To serve, cut polenta into large squares then cut each large square in half, horizontally,  making two halves. Pan-fry the slices in olive oil until golden brown on both sides.
fried polenta
Crispy, Fried Polenta

That day, I made a simple Italian sausage ragu and served it on top of the fried polenta.  After cooking the sausage, I slice the sausage into 1/2 inch medallions/circles and add it to the ragu right before the ragu is finished cooking.

polenta and sausage
Fried Polenta with Italian Sausage Ragu

5 thoughts on “Polenta To Fry

  1. Ciao Liz, just popped by to say HELLO. The first 19 pics of Dublin are online (Photo Album). More will come ASAP, unfortunately tonight I wrote a long and boring post that took me ages and now it’s bed time. Hugs!


  2. LOL @ your arms falling off 😉 Liz, you gave a perfect description! Yummy photos, as usual! 🙂

    Is still very hot there? I’m not a fan of really hot weather, 25°C is more than enough for me. But here we go rarely above 19°C during Summer, plus it rains a lot and the weather is often dull. It doesn’t seem summer to me without bright, sunny and warm days. 😛

    Nitenite! Hugs!


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