Can Polenta Be Kept Warm in a Slow Cooker for My Dinner Party?

updated May 1, 2019
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Q: I am hosting my take on the “polenta supper” and it just so happens to be my very first dinner party!

I am a little nervous about being with my guests and having to stay in the kitchen, so I thought I could keep the polenta warm in the Crock-Pot, but then an hour before the dinner, plate everything and put it in the oven (covered) on low heat to keep warm … that way all I have to do is pull out the dish when we are ready.

Would that make the polenta clumpy or change the texture? Do you think that is a bad idea? I have never cooked polenta before so not sure how to handle this one.

Sent by G

Editor: Polenta tends to develop a crust and firm up as it sits, so I would actually recommend that you keep it in the slow cooker until you’re ready to serve. Stir in some more liquid to loosen it back up and then transfer it to your serving dish at that point.

That’s what Faith did for her polenta party:

Readers, do you have any advice on how to keep the polenta warm for this dinner party?