Whether you make it from scratch ahead of time or use the premade stuff, polenta can be a quick and easy grilling ingredient. Just slice it up, throw it on the barbecue (or a grill pan), and you have a dish that can satisfy just about everyone from omnivores to vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free folks. As a dinner ingredient, polenta can be grilled and served alongside vegetables and meats (try shrimp) and sprinkled with cheese. For dessert, try pairing grilled polenta slices with fruit, and perhaps some freshly whipped cream or mascarpone. The recipe below includes grilled plums, and we can imagine that these grilled peaches or grilled figs would be excellent accompaniments. If you're making the polenta from scratch, you can also stir some sugar and spices into the mix.
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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