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Pecorino-and-Pepper Polenta

Cheesy polenta -- ready in 20 minutes -- is a satisfying side dish that easily pairs with whatever main dish is on the menu.

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  • Servings: 4
Pecorino-and-Pepper Polenta

Source: Everyday Food, September 2008


  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal (not fine ground)
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a large saucepan, combine 4 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil. Whisking constantly, gradually add cornmeal. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, whisking often, until thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, and stir in Pecorino and butter. Serve immediately, sprinkled with more pepper.


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