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polenta

Syllabification: po·len·ta
Pronunciation: /pəˈlentə
 
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Definition of polenta in English:

noun

1Cornmeal as used in Italian cooking.
Example sentences
  • Many of these have their own specific names, such as frumenty, made from wheat; tsampa, made from barley; polenta, made from maize; congee, from rice.
  • This local ingredient even found its way as far as Europe in the form of Italian polenta.
  • While you can certainly choose to buy Italian polenta at a specialty store, you can use any finely ground cornmeal - and stone-ground, organic cornmeal is a good choice.
1.1A paste or dough made from cornmeal, which is boiled and typically then fried or baked.
Example sentences
  • Toss on a little salt after roasting and add to pasta, polenta, pizza and omelets.
  • T shivered theatrically and chose risotto with asparagus, clams and octopus carpaccio to start, followed by rump steak and polenta.
  • Grilled polenta with sautéed wild mushrooms in a spicy artichoke ragoût is better.

Origin

late 16th century: Italian, from Latin, 'pearl barley' (a sense of polenta in Old English).

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