Tonight, we ate macaroni and cheese for dinner (which is obviously not what's pictured above, but bear with me here). A nice, sharp cheddar with buttermilk made the sauce extra tangy, and I always like to eat my bowl of "Mac & Cheese" with peas mixed in. Yes, yes, peas. That combination might send you reeling, but mine just wouldn't be complete without both (besides, didn't yo mama ever tell you to eat your peas?)!
In my country, we have a term for foods of endearment, called "comfort food". Essentially, this means whichever foods come to mind when you're feeling blue, are in need of a pick-me-up, or simply, when nothing else will satisfy. If you're reading this from another part of the world, I know you know exactly what I speak of. Surely, this sentiment must translate globally!
Well, Polenta happens to be one of mine.
Polenta is very versatile. Serve it squared. In triangles like pie or cake. Creamy, like mashed potatoes. Browned and crispy around the edges. Even fried on a griddle (or, "girddle", as one of my nephews so adorably/funnily mispronounces the word).
Below is the über-scrumptious Rosemary Polenta.
(another version I recommend is Ina Garten's own Rosemary Polenta recipe)
Yields: 8 servings
Stir, stir, stir!
There is Pembleton (remember him?), serving the polenta squares and giving me one of his looks...
The best part of biting into one of these has to be the crispy, cheesy, buttery top. Mmmm...
What are your staples -- your go-to, comfort foods of choice?