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Polenta

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup finely crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Bring water and salt to boil in a heavy saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Gradually sprinkle in cornmeal, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming. Gently boil 20 to 25 minutes, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until very thick, but still pourable. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup butter and cheese.
  2. Rinse a 15 1/2 x 10 1/2-inch jellyroll pan with cold water. Do not dry pan. Spread hot Polenta evenly in pan with a rubber spatula.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or until firm.
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  5. Make 3 lengthwise and 5 crosswise cuts in Polenta to yield 15 squares. Arrange polenta squares, slightly overlapping, in baking dish. Mix 1/4 cup butter, basil, rosemary and garlic. Melt, then pour over polenta. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes.
  7. Serve hot.

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