polenta

noun
po·len·ta | \ pō-ˈlen-tə , pə- , -ˌtä \

Definition of polenta 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

Polenta

biographical name
Po·len·ta | \ pō-ˈlen-tə \

Definition of Polenta (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Beni served crispy skin salmon with polenta and beets three ways (fried, pureed and roasted) because salmon is the signature dish at her family’s Christmas Eve party. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Which Chicago-area kid earned a spot in the 'MasterChef Junior' finale?," 4 May 2018 Five bucks buys you fried polenta or fried mozzarella. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Happy hour pick: Porta," 19 June 2018 Shrimp and grits was built on a plate of delicious grits, the kind that's substantial, more like polenta than some that are more like cream of wheat. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Clyborne Provisions and Spirits is a suburban surprise," 27 June 2018 Though team captain Quani struggled with cooking the polenta, the red team won the challenge and was safe from elimination. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "Which Chicago-area kid earned a spot in the 'MasterChef Junior' finale?," 4 May 2018 Dollop and spread the remaining polenta over the sauce. The Casserole Queens, Woman's Day, "Sausage and Pepper Polenta Lasagna," 5 Nov. 2014 To get round balls, try to get the melon baller edges flush with the polenta surface then scoop. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Halloween-Themed Food for Adults," 23 Sep. 2014 The polenta Nayfeld tasted made its way back to the kitchen. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Behind the scenes at Che Fico, one of San Francisco’s most anticipated new restaurants," 21 Mar. 2018 Five bucks buys you fried polenta or fried mozzarella. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Happy hour pick: Porta," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of polenta

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polenta

Noun

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

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