Polenta is one of those flexible and versatile dishes that can be prepared in any number of ways. For example, it can be made with water, milk, chicken stock, or vegetable broth depending on family traditions and personal preferences. Plus, it can be further customized by adding grated Parmesan cheese, butter, and/or any combination of fresh herbs and spices.
Some traditionalists argue that water is the only acceptable choice for making polenta because it yields the lightest, most distinctively corn flavor. On the other hand, some argue that chicken or vegetable stock infuses the polenta with more flavor, while others prefer the richer and creamier taste associated with using milk or half & half.
This recipe serves as a blank canvas to build upon. From there, it can be customized to suit your own tastes. As is, this version is delicious as a hot and filling side dish or it can be chilled and then grilled or fried for a tasty treat later.