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Lesson Overview

Polenta is a long-time staple in Italian and European cuisines. Unfortunately, it has a reputation of being bland and very challenging to cook, but this is simply not true. By following just a few simple steps, polenta is actually one of the easiest dishes to prepare.

As a main course, polenta…

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Lesson Objectives

At the end of this lesson you'll be able to:
  • define what polenta is
  • identify the different types and grinds of cornmeal available
  • determine the ratio of liquid to polenta to suit your tastes
  • cook lump-free polenta by using the cold or hot method
  • identify when polenta has finished cooking
  • enhance and flavor polenta

Course Syllabus

START: Watch Lesson Platform Tour
1. Introduction: How to Make Polenta 2 mins
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2. Complete Your Self Assessment 2 mins
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3. Types of Cornmeal for Polenta 3 mins
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4. Liquid & Ratios for Polenta 5 mins
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5. Cooking Polenta 6 mins
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6. Finishing Polenta 20 mins
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7. Practice Activities & Recipes 45 mins
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8. Lesson Quiz 15 mins
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Finish Line 1 hr 38 mins Total Time

Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this lesson.

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5 Videos | 8 Tasks
Task 1: Introduction: How to Make Polenta
Task 2: Complete Your Self Assessment
Task 3: Types of Cornmeal for Polenta
Task 4: Liquid & Ratios for Polenta
Task 5: Cooking Polenta
Task 6: Finishing Polenta
Task 7: Practice Activities & Recipes
Task 8: Lesson Quiz

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