Who said that polenta belongs to northern Italians…?


Receipe n. 14

I’ve been craving for polenta lately, despite my southern Italian origin. It’s not a very common dish where I come from. Usually polenta is eaten in the north of Italy. In the south, we sometimes call people from the north of Italy ‘polentoni’, and they have equally endearing terms for us! Last night I made this dish for dinner again and I realize that the more I make it the more I like it. I also found this great brand of organic polenta, which is really delicious and it doesn’t come from Italy but from Argentina. It’s very sweet and has a very light texture.


  • 2 cups polenta
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups rice milk
  • ½ lb smoked ham
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1tsp fresh chopped thyme
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Having all the other ingredients already chopped and ready next to you, in a medium sized pot bring the water with rice milk to a boil. Turn the heat off and slowly add the polenta while stirring with a whisk, always in the same direction. Add the ham, Parmesan cheese, herbs, 1 tbsp butter, salt and pepper. Mix gently together until the polenta is thickening up but still creamy. Don’t let the polenta become hard before transferring it to a flat slightly wet surface (you need to wet it so it won’t stick). With the blade of a knife flatten the polenta and let it cool for at least an hour. Using a round cooking cutter make as many roundels as you wish and transfer them onto a baking dish.  Put on top of every medallion a tiny amount of butter and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes.

One thought on “Who said that polenta belongs to northern Italians…?

  1. Liz Rich

    I love polenta. This sounds like a mouth-watering recipe. I love it with a mushroom ragout too. It is one of the most comforting foods.


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