Wednesday, January 19, 2011

polenta schlomenta

a few weeks ago, I thought I would be thrifty and clever and make Fried Polenta a'la Giada De Laurentis
I had day old polenta (that Sweet Man had prepared the night before) already cold and in the fridge.
I had all the other ingrediants needed and my trusty iron skillet.


so I cut up my polenta and I heated my oil and grated my cheese.

but I noticed that my polenta was awfully mushy, even after having been in the fridge for a day.
but I forged ahead, convinced that all would turn out right.

Oh silly me!

The polenta "sticks" kept sticking to the frying pan, completely coming apart when I tried to turn them.

In the end I had perfectly edible slightly crusty mounds of still mushy polenta.
Even after a visit to the oven.
(I was so distraught I didn't even get a picture.)

So peeps what did I do wrong?
Was my polenta too wet?
My oil not hot enough?

Have you ever tried to fry polenta before? Did it work?

Help me people!

5 comments:

  1. I have had zero luck with frying polenta. It always turns out exactly like yours.

    And, I have a question... how is polenta different from cornmeal mush? I have always wondered that. Is it just a fancier name?

    Either way, I have never been able to fry mush, and when I got all uppity , I could not fry polenta either.

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  2. Try cutting it up and laying it on a paper towel first like you would tofu. It should absorb most of the moisture.

    Mine have never been too mushy to begin with so maybe you just need a different brand?

    I like to dip the slices in egg yolk and panko and then fry them. Fabulous!

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  3. Can't help with the polenta. I hate hte stuff. Maybe because every time I taste it, it's mushy. Anyway... just wanted to tell you how much I love your new banner.

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  4. Anonymous3:40 PM

    You could try coating them with dried polenta, panko, bread crumbs or plain old flour. Also using a non-stick pan could help if you have one.

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  5. Never. Not once, ever. And it irritates me to no end. I've even tried the Trader Joe's "log o' polenta". It's not like I want that picture perfect slice, with grill-marks and the pretty diced "maters on top, for heaven's sake.

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