What is creamy polenta?


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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.

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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.

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