I made your broiled polenta bites; followed the directions exactly; when I broiled them, they became too soft to pick up and eat as an canapé. What could be the problem?
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Hmm. Did your polenta firm up nicely once you chilled it? Wondering if it was maybe too wet?
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Another trick that should keep that from happening is to let the polenta steam in the pot for at least a half an hour after you believe it's "done," with the lid on but the heat off. (I always cook my polenta in a bowl insert that sits on top of a medium saucepan, so the hot water in that pan keeps the bowl/polenta somewhat warm. If doing this in just a single saucepan, I'd probably sit the saucepan in a larger pan filled 1/3 to 1/2 with very hot water. The "double boiler" step though, in my experience, really does produce an exceptional polenta, making it well worth whatever trouble might be perceived.) The extra 30-40 minutes continues the absorption of the liquid by the cornmeal, while giving the polenta a somewhat lighter, almost creamy texture -- one that's neither too dry, nor too wet. The key is keeping the polenta warm during this process. Best polenta ever, no matter what recipe or how you're serving it.
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