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Pronunciation: [poh-LEHN-tah]

Categories: Polenta

A staple of northern Italy, polenta is a mush made from cornmeal. It can be eaten hot with a little butter or cooled until firm, cut into squares and fried. Polenta is sometimes mixed with cheese such as parmesan or gorgonzola. It can be served as a first course or side dish and makes hearty breakfast fare.