Fresh Corn Polenta

By • July 31, 2011 • 8 Comments

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Author Notes: This is the sort of recipe I want to tell everyone about. It hails from La Toque in Napa Valley but much to my surprise calls for no sort of restaurant magic during preparation — just a box grater, a little butter, and a sauté pan. It’s the kind of thing I could eat every night for dinner with sautéed greens or with a poached egg or just on its own with some cracked pepper and parmesan cheese. Before the season ends, I hope to try it with some sautéed mushrooms, too, which is how they serve it at La Toque.Alexandra Stafford

Serves 2

  • 4 ears of corns
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  1. Clean the corn, removing all husks and threads. Working over a large bowl, grate the kernels off of the cob on the coarse side of a box grater. You will have a very wet coarse pulpy mixture.
  2. Melt the butter in a small or medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add the grated corn and season with a good pinch of salt. Sauté over low heat, stirring to prevent browning, for about 3 minutes. The mixture is ready when it just begins to thicken and set.
  3. Top with some grated Parmigiano Reggiano and/or a poached egg or some sautéed greens. Season with fresh cracked pepper if desired.
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about 3 years ago mcs3000

That picture is insane. Want. Now.


about 3 years ago Cara Eisenpress

Sounds amazing!


about 3 years ago MFeats

I love the sound of this technique -- and that egg is totally perfect!


about 3 years ago MeghanVK

What a cool technique - I'm definitely going to try this.


about 3 years ago Oui, Chef

Gorgeous alone and even better with that runny egg on top.


about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Sounds divine, especially with that beautiful egg on top!


about 3 years ago erinmcdowell

I didn't see you'd posted this so I also posted my version - it's also one of my favorite summer recipes, though my adaptation came from the blog Ideas in Food. So glad you shared this!!!


about 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx