Cooked, cooled and sliced polenta, fried golden and topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
6 cups water
2 cups instant polenta
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Vegetable or olive oil as needed for frying
Freshly grated Parmesan for sprinkling
- Bring water to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan and slowly add polenta, whisking constantly. Cook polenta over medium heat, whisking constantly, 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add butter, and salt and pepper to taste.
- On a lightly oiled baking sheet spread warm polenta about 3/4-inch thick and cool to room temperature. Cut polenta into 1 1/2-inch diamond shapes or squares.
- In skillet, fry polenta in 2 batches in 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, adding additional oil to skillet if necessary, until golden on both sides. Transfer polenta as cooked with a slotted spoon to platter and keep warm.
- Serve polenta sprinkled with Parmesan.
Makes 4 servings.
Tip: Polenta may be made up to 2 days ahead. Store in refrigerator, covered once it has cooled to room temperature.