Genesis Healthy Heart Kitchen: The perfect Thanksgiving side dish — Polenta

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Half&Half
  • 4 ounces mild Gorgonzola, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • Additional salt and freshly ground black pepper, optional

DIRECTIONS:

  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a heavy large saucepan. Add 1 3/4 teaspoons of salt. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal. Reduce the heat and simmer until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, stirring often, about 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, you can switch to a wooden spoon for easier stirring.
  • Turn off the heat. Add the butter, H&H and gorgonzola and stir until the cheese melts. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer the polenta to a bowl and serve