By Christina Martinez

Polenta is the Italian version of Southern grits. The dish is basic and made with cornmeal, water or milk and salt. Once cooked, use polenta as a simple side dish or add other ingredients to make it a main course. Serve polenta right away if you want it to be creamy. For a firmer polenta, let it set and cool until you are able to slice it. Store cooked polenta in the refrigerator where it will stiffen up.

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Use polenta as a side dish.

Homemade

Step 1

Spread homemade polenta into a flat airtight container or shallow baking dish with sides. This will allow you to slice or remove the polenta easily when you take it out of storage.

Step 2

Put plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or lid for the airtight container onto the chosen dish.

Step 3

Place the polenta into the refrigerator and store it for several days.

Pre-Made Tubes

Step 1

Stack the cooked slices of polenta loosely into an airtight container.

Step 2

Place the container into the refrigerator.

Step 3

Store for a several days in the refrigerator.