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Pan-fried Polenta

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Amy Burke
Total time 3 hrs, 40 mins
Yield Makes 8 to 10 servings
This recipe goes with Roasted Turkey Breast with Pan-fried Polenta and Hollandaise Sauce. Prep and chill the polenta up to a day ahead; then cook while the turkey stands after roasting. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 (14 1/2-oz.) cans chicken broth
  • 2 cups plain yellow cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion, celery, and garlic, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until tender. Add broth, and bring to a boil; gradually stir in cornmeal and next 3 ingredients. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring often, 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in cheese.

  2. Pour mixture into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish; cover and chill 3 to 12 hours or until firm. Cut polenta into 12 triangles.

  3. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 polenta triangles, and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a serving dish, and keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining polenta and 3 Tbsp. butter.