What could be better than hosting a Polenta Bar party for Christmas or New Years?!
This year for Christmas my parents and sister are coming to visit us in LA and I couldn't be more excited! And after brainstorming for WEEKS on what the heck I'd make for Christmas dinner I've finally decided on this Polenta Bar. It's the perfect way to entertain as it's super interactive and people can mix and match toppings as they please.
Which works out perfectly for our little family as my mom is a vegetarian, my dad and husband are meat eaters, and I'll eat basically anything. So everyone wins!!
For our spread we're doing a bolognese, basil vinaigrette, sautéed onions, peppers and sausage, wild mushrooms and a caprese type salad (because tomatoes are still in season here in LA and I love it!) You can add in different toppings as well! Some leftover short ribs would be an excellent addition - as would other roasted vegetables! Basically you can't go wrong!
For the Polenta
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups polenta
- sea salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
For the Toppings:
- 1 recipe Chicken Bolognese
- 1 recipe Basil Vinaigrette
- Sautéed Sausage and Bell Peppers
- 1 recipe Roasted Mushrooms
- Chopped Cherry Tomatoes with Basil
- Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
- Slowly add the polenta, and whisk together with a metal whisk, and add 1 teaspoon salt. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the polenta is tender and full cooked, about 20 minutes.
- Add the milk, the butter, and the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to the polenta and stir together over medium-low heat until just warmed through and soft enough to drop easily from a spoon. Cover to keep warm.
- To serve - spread the polenta onto a large serving board. Arrange the various toppings around the board and let people create their own polenta bowls!