- 130 grams bramata brand is best
- 50 grams white onionschopped
- 30 millilitres Olive Oil
- 5 grams garlic clovechopped
- 600 millilitres Water
Polenta is one of those things I despised as a child and only really got to appreciate when I became a chef. Polenta is a great alternative to pasta, rice and potatoes and goes well with chicken, rabbit and grilled sausages. Polenta traditionally is cooked in saltwater only, but different chefs prefer to use beef bouillon, milk or a mixture of it. It really depends on each individual’s preference. For different taste and textures, replace the Parmesan cheese with Mascarpone, Ricotta or soft goat cheese. Grilled mushrooms, vegetables or crisp Parma ham also make a great addition to polenta.
- Sautee the chopped onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent.
- Add the water and bring to boiling point. Season with the salt, nutmeg, pepper and add the bay leaf to the boiling liquid.
- Under continued stirring, add the coarse semolina in a slow but steady stream to the boiling liquid.
- Bring the polenta one more time to boil, cover and then place the pan on the side of the stove and cook on very low heat under by approximately 120C for approximately 1 hour 20 minutes.
- In a saucepan melt the butter and cook it until “hazelnut” brown and foamy.
- After cooking of the polenta, take out the bay leaf and swing in the Parmesan cheese and the some of the brown butter. Adjust seasoning before serving and pour the rest of the brown butter over the polenta just before serving.