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Last night was my first attempt at cooking with polenta. . .

What is polenta? Polenta is made from cornmeal, which doesn’t sound that appetizing at first, but is actually delicious.

I decided to start with a simple preparation, and made my first polenta purchase at Trader Joes.

A packaged container of Trader Joe's Organic Polenta

I started off by pan-frying diced onions in Spanish olive oil with sea salt and grated pepper. Once the onions were slightly browned, I added a few thick slices of polenta.

Slices of polenta and diced onions pan-fried in Spanish olive oil

It didn’t take long for the polenta to brown on the edges. I laid the slices atop a bed of other pan-fried veggies: peppers, zucchini, and potatoes. Lastly, I topped the whole dish with some capers and lemon juice. It was completely experimental; I did not follow a recipe. Yet, I think it turned out rather well.

The finished product; pan-fried polenta topped with onions, capers, and lemon juice.

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.