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Polenta experiment

I hope I'm not "reinventing the wheel". Has anyone experimented with making polenta with Grits or Cream O Wheat. If so, was the outcome favorable or undesirable.

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  1. I booked marked this quite some time ago. I made it for my family and they loved it.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2000/06/28/din...

    1. In my opinion, grits and polenta are the same thing. Here is a long thread on the subject.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/375653

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      1. re: kengk

        Yes - I'm serving my favorite shrimp & grits recipe for our family's Christmas lunch, and using stoneground whole-corn grits, which is basically the same as polenta entero.

        Cream of Wheat gets no love around this house, nor has Mrs. O begged me to make any bulgur wheat or groats or whatever. I have a hard enough time promoting steel-cut oats. Any sort of quinoa gets a good reception, and of course there are lots of other grains people have eaten and relished over the millennia to try.

        1. re: Will Owen

          I've made shrimp and grits Greek style, and called it polenta for my husband's Italian family, and got rave reviews. Yes it is the same thing basically, but Southern style with shrimp is different enough to get everyone's attention.

      2. I think a commenter "loco" on this http://www.seriouseats.com/talk/2008/... lays it out perfecty.

        1. Polenta and grits not too far apart. I find Cream Of Wheat ooky no matter what you call it.

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          1. Slightly off topic, because I haven't experimented with making polenta at all. But every time I hear the word, I'm put in mind of Alan Davies talking about polenta on the superlative UK "quiz show" QI (Quite Interesting), hosted by the superlative Stephen Fry.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y960P...

            ...it's at the very first part of the video. And I'm fairly sure Alan's not being deprecative, he's just seen "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" one too many times.

            These have been bleak times of late, and this video will more than likely make you laugh quite a bit. And watch the other QI clips that will no doubt be featured on the page if you click. It's a horrible shame that this show's not on in the US.

            Cheers!

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            1. re: annagranfors

              Thanks. Funny. I adore Steven Fry (especially since a friend of my son's ran into him at an atheists' club meeting at Harvard two years ago) and I've never seen Alan Davies so young. I can't help but suspect that he's a bit of a d**k in real life, but never mind. I still loved Whites.

              As far as polenta goes, I say no to Cream of Wheat.

              1. re: Glencora

                There's a restuarant in Chicago that has a savory preparation of Cream of Wheat that's absolutely delcious.