Early Morning Harvest – Basic Polenta Recipe

polenta recipe des moines iowaBasic Polenta

2 cups milk
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1¼ cups medium-grind cornmeal
⅓ cup unsalted butter
1½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water, the milk, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and slowly whisk in the cornmeal. Cook, whisking constantly, for about 3 minutes to prevent lumps.

Continue to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often with a wooden spoon. The mixture should bubble every so often but not boil. After 20 minutes, whisk in the butter and cheese, stirring until melted and fully incorporated.