Creamy polenta is a preparation of polenta that includes milk to yield a smooth, creamy texture. Creamy polenta recipes may also include butter, cheese or cream to make the polenta even richer.
Polenta is the name for an Italian cornmeal dish that can also be prepared with only water and cornmeal, yielding a more springy loaf that may then be sliced and fried in oil. Polenta and grits are similar, although polenta is made from a corn variety called "flint" that has a hard starch center. Authentic polenta, cooked in either a plain or creamy style, retains its grainy texture. Creamy polenta often looks like a porridge; however, thicker polenta may have the consistency of creamy mashed potatoes, although it is grainier.