It has been a long week here. A lot of coughing and feeling like uck going on with everyone. Then I finished skating today with my ankle hurting. It just hurts sometimes after I cracked it about a year and half back. But then I would never overdo, really (cough, cough, cough).
I love the slow cooker method for making polenta. But there are times where I do not plan well enough, the slow cooker is being used, or I just need more then it can hold. Or there feels like there is an elephant sitting on my chest who is green with purple spots or purple with green spots (depending on the day - and his name is Sylvester) and I just want something comforting. I find this method works wonders.
Mix up the polenta with the liquid of your choice in an ovenproof pan that can also be used on the stove. For every one measure of polenta, you want four measures of liquid. Add a bit of salt and butter. Bring it to a boil. Cover and put it in a 350 degree oven for at least 1 hour. You can even leave it in longer. If you want to leave it in for a couple of hours, turn the heat down to 250 degrees Fahrentheit.
Then use the rest of the space for other bits of dinner and you have polenta. At 350 degrees, I can bake a couple loaves of bread, roast some meat, maybe even roast some vegetables, and bake a crisp. Yes, this is really my life and it is pretty wonderful....