About the music: In a way polenta is a lot like a good playlist. At the end of a good playlist you don’t necessarily know the exact songs you were listening to, you just know that they made whatever you were doing while listening to them a whole hell of a lot better. They are the base layer and the backbone, the sad song at the end of a movie and the pure funk groove background to your powder run. They are the raging Brain Damage>Eclipse as your crushing I-70 at 2 am on your way to Vegas. That’s like this polenta, by itself it’s delicious, but with other things, its god damn incredible. We have chosen the perfect playlist for your polenta. The European Crystal Fighters start you off with about as pleasant a song as one could ask for. We keep it smooth through the middle with the very mysterious Shook’s remix of Ellie Goulding’s “Lights.” Just listen to the bass in that song, mint. Our favorite Glam Rock stars Scissor Sisters keep your energy up for the fight to the finish and LCD Soundsystem ensures you have something great to eat to. This mix is great from start to finish, enjoy it.
Prep time: 25 minutes
4 cups chicken broth (better chicken broth = better polenta)
1 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
a little lemon zest
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup crème fraîche
First take a second and rack your brain to figure out our not-so-secret secret that we hid in the playlist. Fantastic, hit play and let’s move on.
Pour your chicken stock into a large saucepan. If your wondering why you feel so god damn fantastic it’s because you turned this first song on. It is literally like the Crystal Fighters have come into your kitchen and dumped like a ton and a half of sand, brought a bunch of beer, at least 6-8 smoking hot girls and this polenta, and are now forcing you to play naked beach volleyball.
Add the garlic to the stock and turn on high heat until it boils. Reduce the heat to medium-low and slowly whisk in the cornmeal preventing it from globbin’ up. Add the salt and pepper and KEEP STIRRING at a simmer for about 12 minutes. Now, you may be asking what the hell your going to do with yourself for 12 minutes while you stir this witch’s brew? Well, remember MGMT? Electric Feel should be having you bobbing enough to stir. Stir right on through this Poolside song, and take it home in the final stretch like you would take yo’ friend’s mama home after a long night on the town.
Take off the heat, stir in the parmesan, butter and crème fraîiichceeee. Eat it alone, or underneath some sort of dank meat dish. We made ours with a spicy beef brisket. But most of all enjoy this dish like LCD Soundsystem would have you enjoy it- with all your friends.