Michele Scicolone’s Basic Crock-Pot Barely Stir Polenta


1 cup coarsely ground yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
1-1/2 teaspoons salt

(My version next time we’ll have only about 1/2 teaspoon salt and it because this one was a bit salty for me. I also like letting people add their own salt to it you need to have to start around. That way, people can make it how they want because everybody has different tastes and preferences. But once an ingredient is in the dish – it’s in there and no getting it out.

I also like the recipe that Giada De Laurentiis used. She added 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine to the polenta while it was cooking, giving it a nice richness.)

5 cups water

Optional – Water, milk, broth, or cream if needed.

You can add some shredded really good quality Parmesan to the polenta as it’s cooking or you can just shred some on top like I’m going to do. I’m going to top the polenta with some homemade marinara sauce for a vegetarian Italian dish.

In a large slow cooker, stir together the cornmeal, salt, and water. Just couldn’t be easier. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. By the way, high temperature is 300 degrees if you have a Crock-Pot with a thermostat like I do.

After the two hours, check the polenta and see what consistency it is. If it’s not thick enough, cook, checking periodically, every hour until it’s the right consistency that you like.
Then you can add a little water, milk, broth or cream or any other flavorings you might want if needed.

You might want to put some fresh Italian herbs in it or other cheeses just to experiment with something that’s maybe not as traditional. Cook for 30 to 60 minutes more, or until thick and creamy and serve hot.

Recipe text adapted and written by Paulette Motzko from the recipe “Basic Polenta” from the book “The Italian Slow Cooker” by Michelle Scicolone.

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-Polly Motzko, Food Writer, Photographer and Blogger

The Italian Slow Cooker by Michele Scicolone and photos by Alan Richardson.
ISBN 978 – 0-0547 – 00383 – 20
Copyright 2010


July 2016

Image photographed and created by Paulette L Motzko,
PLM Studios, Las Vegas, Nevada
Copyright July 2016