Instant Pot Polenta! A delicious healthy side dish that is quick and easy to make in your pressure cooker! Vegan adaptable and totally gluten-free! Use this as a delicious healthy base for your own creations!
- 4 cups water or veggie broth
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion power
- 1 teaspoon dried herbs ( Rosemary, herbs du Provence, Italian herb blend) or 1 tablespoon fresh herbs
- 1 cup polenta ( corn meal)
Add your choice of:
Once the water is simmering, slowly pour in the polenta, a little at a time, while whisking vigorously as you pour to prevent any lumps. Once incorporated, set instant pot to 8 minutes, on high pressure.
Manually release, covering the steam spout with a kitchen towel.
Give a good stir. Add the olive oil (or butter). You could stop here and keep this vegan.
Or swirl in your choice of cheese for extra richness, starting conservatively. Add more to taste.
I like adding sour cream, so I’ll usually add a dollop ( ¼ cup) which also gives it a subtle tanginess.
Keep it on the warm function until ready to stir, stirring occasionally. If polenta sits too long, and feels too firm, you can always “loosen” it by whisking in hot water. Taste and adjust salt.
Serve this with:
or Simple roasted Root Vegetables with Gremolata
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