This months food blogger challenge in the Facebook group Matbloggersentralen has the theme “Taste of Italy”.
It was kicked of by the Norwegian blogger Thomas Won Nyheim who writes Kokebloggen.
As he writes, Italian food is much more than Pizza, Pasta and Panna cotta.
I have added another P to the list with my version of creamy Polenta.

Creamy and with lot`s of cheese is my favorite way of having polenta.
Here I have combined it with black olives, freshly chopped parsley and lemon juice.
You may use which ever olives you prefer, of course.

This polenta dish is super easy to make and takes not more than 20 minutes max.
If you prefer to use medium or coarse ground polenta the dish will take longer to cook, but still taste absolutely delicious.
You can serve it as a side dish, a starter or as a dish on it`s own for lunch.


This recipe serves 4 as side dish.
* 5 cups Stock (I used vegetable, but chicken is also tasty)
* 1 cup finely ground Cornmeal or Polenta
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* Salt, to taste
* 1 cup Parmesan, grated
* 2 tablespoons extra-virgin Olive oil
* A large handful black olives, pitted and cut in half
* 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
* Lemon juice, freshly squeezed


Please read and follow the instructions on the polenta package.
Usually it will go something like this:

Have the stock in a saucepan.
Add the minced garlic and bring the stock to a boil.
Reduce to medium heat and slowly whisk in the polenta.
Stir frequently, until the polenta thickens.
Let it cook on low heat until the polenta becomes thick and pulls away from side of saucepan.
Season with salt.

Stir in olive oil.
Add the Parmesan a little at the time.
If the polenta forms lumps, whisk vigorously to remove.
If polenta becomes too firm, add a small amount of water or stock.

Have a good scoop of polenta in a serving bowl.
Toss in olives and sprinkle with parsley.
Squeeze a little lemon juice around the edge of the polenta.
Serve immediately.



Lot`s of Norwegian bloggers have participated in this months challenge.
You can see all the contributions on Instagram under #oppskriftsutfordringen.
Here are links to three recipes I would like to try.

Det Glade Kjøkken – Risotto with fresh mushrooms
Carolines Gourmet – Carciofi con polpette di carne
Et kjøkken i Istanbul – Minestrone invernale


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