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Power of polenta: The wholesome staple your pantry needs

Gluten-free and vegan-friendly, polenta should be an added staple to your pantry, get cooking with these 4 fabulous polenta recipes!

by: Robyn Brittow | 11 Oct 2018
the power of polenta

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Similar to what we South Africans know as “pap” polenta is a made from ground corn – which is typically prepared by boiling the maize in a liquid such as milk, water or cream. If using water to prepare your polenta, we recommend using stock, to incorporate as much flavour as possible.

To get you started on cooking with polenta try these fantastic recipes. 

Pork ragu over creamy polenta 

Step down mash potatoes. This creamy polenta topped with tender pork ragu is a game-changing meal you never knew you needed!

pork ragu over creamy polenta

Polenta  and egg cups 

Polenta replaces pastry for this delicious recipe for egg cups topped with spicy chorizo crumbs.

polenta and egg cups

Polenta Parmesan roast potatoes 

With an extra added crunch, roast potatoes receive a gourmet upgrade roasted in Parmesan and polenta.

Polenta and parmesan roast potatoes

Olive oil polenta cake

What can’t polenta do? This moreish olive oil polenta cake is a gluten-free, moist slice of heaven. 

olive oil and polenta cake

Creamy coconut polenta with caramelised onions and mushrooms

Tuck into this hearty meat-free meal topped with sweet caramelised onions and mushrooms.

creamy coconut polenta


Savoury polenta pots

Make stiff polenta and leave it to set in bowls. Serve it at your next braai as a stylish alternative to a big pap pot.

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