Fresh "Polenta"

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Author Notes: I got this idea from the brilliant writers of "Ideas in Food" - who commented on their blog a few years ago that really fresh sweet corn produces so many of it's own juices that you can cook the corn in them. I loved the idea, and it's become one of my favorite ways to eat corn in the summer - it has a lovely texture and the most intense corn flavor. Like polenta, I finish mine with a pat of butter and a little bit of grated parmesan. I also like to add roasted garlic and some chopped chives...but leave those out if you're looking for pure corn flavor.erinmcdowell

Serves 4

  • 6 cobs corn
  • salt, to taste
  • lots of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cloves roasted garlic, smashed to a paste (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)
  1. Cut the corn from the cob, making sure to cut as closely to the cob as possible, cutting over a pot or bowl so that any and all juices from the corn are utilized.
  2. Stew the corn over low heat, stirring occasionally. The corn will soften, and the liquid will become thick. Add the smashed garlic and continue to cook until the mixture resembles the texture of polenta, 20-30 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Finish with a pat of butter and a sprinkling of Parmesan. Stir in the chives, if using.

Tags: corn, fresh, polenta

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Love this! ;o)


over 3 years ago wssmom

What an amazing idea!


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This sounds really great, brilliant idea.


over 3 years ago Panfusine

Brilliantly elegant dish!!


over 3 years ago erinmcdowell



over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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over 3 years ago erinmcdowell

i actually thought of you when posting this - i thought it was right up your alley!


over 3 years ago mpittsm

Looks great, I'll def try this one!


over 3 years ago erinmcdowell

let me know what you think!


over 3 years ago Alexandra Stafford

You recipe sounds delicious as well! I'll have to test out your cooking method. Yum!


over 3 years ago erinmcdowell

so glad you posted yours too! and i'm a sucker for anything with an egg on top - so your picture made me drool!


over 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

This looks heavenly, and I love the idea of stewing the corn in its own juices.


over 3 years ago erinmcdowell

thanks! it really is all about the corn, which is so great when you have the good stuff!