Polenta is the name of the dish and the raw ingredient is cornmeal. The ingredient and the dish are both called by the same name, Polenta is extremely versatile because it can be eaten soft and creamy or allowed to harden and then sliced and served grilled or fried. Coarse cornmeal is best for making polenta. Serve it in place of potatoes or rice as a companion dish to meat and vegetables. To produce good polenta In the kitchen considerable time, care and concentration is needed in front of the stove. If you are short on time or aren’t up to manuel labor by stirring polenta then try to bake it unattended in the oven. This method will allow you time to prepare the rest of the meal. Please click here for an alternative for mascarpone cheese.