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polenta

[ poh-len-tuh ]

noun

  1. (in Italian cooking) a dish made from coarsely ground yellow corn boiled to a thick consistency and then often cooled and baked, seasoned, and usually served with any of various sauces, toppings, or garnishes: Compare grits ( def 1 ).

    This recipe for creamy polenta with roasted cherry tomatoes and spinach is cheesy, filling, and flavorful.



polenta

/ pəʊˈlɛntə /

noun

  1. a thick porridge made in Italy, usually from maize


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Word History and Origins

Origin of polenta1

First recorded before 1000; from Middle English pol(l)enta “fine meal; porridge made of fine meal,” Old English polente “parched grain or meal,” from Latin polenta “hulled, crushed grain; barley meal”; reborrowed in the 18th century from Italian polenta “kind of dish made of refined corn (or other) meal”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of polenta1

C16: via Italian from Latin: pearl barley, perhaps from Greek palē pollen

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Example Sentences

I used a good brand of coarse polenta and spread the crust on an oiled pizza stone before putting it in the oven to cook and firm up.

When my mom gave me the rice cooker, she also gave me The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook, which I use often to make everything from polenta to rice pudding.

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The now creamy polenta was ladled onto the plates, and this most fragrant of deep brown chicken stews spooned on top.

Against the creaminess of the polenta it was just soooo good.

Heading into the small makeshift kitchen inside his shack he retrieved a large jar of polenta.

Jumbo crabmeat and avocado, Colorado rack of lamb with tarragon jus, and Parmesan polenta cake was eaten by candlelight.

Seitan and Polenta Skillet with Fresh Greens by Nava Atlas: Just the color of this dish makes me happy.

I could never read about the quantity of polenta the peasants of Lombardy eat, and how many potatoes the Southerners.

And in Italy one of the great national dishes is polenta (corn meal cooked in a certain way).

The Polenta family were the first to befriend the great poet when he sought refuge here from Florence.

The Pope's legate in Bologna stopped the supply of polenta, the Florentines depending on that to eat with their own oil.

The porridge form—polenta, really cornmeal mush, is to be highly recommended on account of the long cooking.

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