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Creamy Slow Cooker Parmesan Polenta

Creamy slow-cooker Parmesan PolentaPolenta used to be one of those dishes, like risotto, that I didn’t love making because of all the attention it required. I’m not a big fan of standing over a pot for the duration of the cooking time. Then I tried a recipe making Polenta in the slow cooker and my life changed. This creamy, Slow Cooker Parmesan Polenta was born and life wouldn’t be the same without it.

Polenta is really very simple to make, but can taste bland when not seasoned well. Just a little tip, you don’t need to buy something specifically called  “Polenta” at the store, regular ground cornmeal is all you need. Who knew?

Slow Cooker Parmesan Polenta is SO easy and delicious. I first read about the idea in America’s Test Kitchen’s book on slow cooker recipes. They call for milk in their polenta, but I made mine with water and it turned out really well. Creamy and satisfying. I do recommend adding the little bit of garlic butter, salt, and Parmesan cheese, though. It helps add flavor. You could add more herbs too, like a sprig of thyme or rosemary.

Once cooked, serve your polenta with anything you like, balsamic chicken thighs, beef short ribs, or pork chops. You’re going to love this easy, versatile version of a classic side dish.

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Creamy slow-cooker Parmesan Polenta
This easy-to-make slow cooker Parmesan Polenta is creamy, flavorful and versatile. Serve this recipe with any of your favorite main dishes.
Creamy slow-cooker Parmesan Polenta
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3-4 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup polenta or ground cornmeal
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3-4 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup polenta or ground cornmeal
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
Creamy slow-cooker Parmesan Polenta
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray
  2. Add polenta, water, garlic, and salt, stirring to combine
  3. Cook on low for 3-4 hours
  4. Once thickened and tender, stir in Parmesan cheese and butter.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste
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