I always thought that polenta was just one of those side dishes I got at a restaurant. I had no idea how simple it really is to make! And adding in flavors is as easy as checking out what you have on hand. This parmesan thyme polenta is the perfect compliment to chicken, pork or beef. And it’s ready in a snap!
In order to add flavor I always cook grains with chicken broth. Most recipes call for water, however I feel that this can leave the polenta (or rice or quinoa) quite flavorless. And this way, you don’t have to run the risk of over salting your dish. Keep some extra broth on hand in case you feel that your polenta is absorbing the broth too quickly.
Here is what you need:
2 C. chicken broth
1/2 C. corn grits (polenta)
1/4 C. grated parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium sized saucepan, bring the broth to a boil. Begin stirring gently and slowly pour in the polenta. Continue stirring and turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Give it a stir to prevent clumping. Add more broth if necessary. Re-cover and let simmer for 10 more minutes. Stir and recover, remove from heat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes.
Add in the parmesan cheese and the thyme. Stir until fully incorporated and creamy. Serve immediately.