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Cheesy, Bacon Polenta

What is polenta? Isn't that grits? Isn't that a pile of flovorless mush? NO! You are about to fall in love with the "other" side dish. A great substitute for potatoes or rice I have no doubt this rich, creamy recipe will be added to your repertoire. Pairs well with everything from your over-easy eggs in the morning to your favorite Italian dish at dinner time. My new favorite pairing is with Osso Buco, absolutely delicious!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4-6


3 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 cup polenta (corn grits)

2 tsp salt

2 tsp bacon bits (or reserved, cooked bacon, diced)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp garlic powder

2 Tbsp butter

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


-In a large saucepan bring stock and cream to a boil

-Add bacon bits, garlic powder and salt, stir

-Sprinkle in grits a little at a time, stirring as you add them

-Return to boil, then lower heat to simmer

-Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until the polenta is soft in texture (be sure to lift the lid and stir often)

-When done, remove from heat

-Stir in olive oil, butter and cheese

-Cover and let sit for 10 minutes before serving


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