Corn kernels and polenta layer texture and flavor in this dish. Serve with green beans and grilled pork.
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups chopped onion (2 medium)
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup instant dry polenta
1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup chopped tomato
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
How to Make It
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in broth, corn, and garlic; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Slowly add polenta, stirring with a whisk until polenta is thick (about 5 minutes). Add cheese, stirring to melt. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove from heat; sprinkle with tomato and basil. Serve immediately.
As written, this lacked flavor until I added herbs and seasoning. The tomato/basil on the top really gives it a needed "oomph" and pop of flavor. I would make it again, with some modifications. This could be good enough for company - there is something homey, rustic, yet elegant about it.
Loved this recipe. I enjoyed the different textures that the dish offered. I also used regular polenta (cornmeal) and had absolutely no problems with thickening. I served this with pork tenderloin and a salad. What a wonderful side dish.
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