po·​len·​ta | \ pō-ˈlen-tə How to pronounce polenta (audio) , pə-, -ˌtä\

Definition of polenta

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: mush made of chestnut meal, cornmeal, semolina, or farina


biographical name
Po·​len·​ta | \ pō-ˈlen-tə How to pronounce Polenta (audio) \

Definition of Polenta (Entry 2 of 2)

Francesca da died 1283(or 1284) Francesca da Rimini \ ˌfran-​ˈche-​skə-​dä-​ˈri-​mə-​(ˌ)nē How to pronounce ˌfran-ˈche-skə-dä-ˈri-mə-(ˌ)nē (audio) , ˌfrän-​ , -​ˈrē-​\ Italian noblewoman famous for tragic adulterous love affair

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Make polenta: In medium saucepan, heat 41/2 cups water on medium. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Wild Mushroom and Beef Stroganoff," 9 Oct. 2018 This January is a great time to order since incredible dishes like a buttery garlic chicken, general tso's cauliflower and two-cheese polenta will all be on the menu. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019 Just spoon out the polenta into the bottom of some shallow bowls and top with the vegetables and sauce. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Make This Miso Polenta with Your First Spring Farmers' Market Haul," 25 Apr. 2018 Lean on creamy polenta and beef drizzled with brandy for the ultimate comfort dinner. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Wild Mushroom and Beef Stroganoff," 9 Oct. 2018 Think polenta cakes topped with chubby blackberries baked with flecks of Earl Grey and lemon tarts drizzled with tiny threads of dark chocolate. Genevieve Roth, Bon Appetit, "Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop Gets Me Through the Long Alaskan Winter," 6 June 2018 Stir 1/4 cup water or broth into polenta to loosen, adding more if necessary. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Wild Mushroom and Beef Stroganoff," 9 Oct. 2018 Beef or turkey meatballs with a choice of sauces come on sandwiches or with sides like fried Brussels sprouts and creamy polenta. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "18 new restaurants in Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield and Indianapolis' north side," 27 June 2018 Remove bone from chicken, slice and serve on polenta. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Herb-Roasted Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of polenta


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polenta


Italian, from Latin, crushed and hulled barley; akin to Latin pollen fine flour

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