A great pork chop or chicken breast is tasty by itself, but if you’re looking for a good side or a topping for it, try this Maple Bacon Polenta.
A polenta is simply cornmeal boiled into a porridge-like substance, so it is very easy to make. It can be eaten as is, like Chef Blake demonstrates in this recipe. The polenta recipe is both sweet and salty. Give it a try!
How to Make Creamy Maple Bacon Polenta
Ingredients you will need:
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 oz. cooked and chopped bacon
- salt & pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients except salt and pepper in a double boiler.
Cook for 30-40 minutes until it is thick and has a smooth texture.
Season to taste and serve.
A Tasty Side Dish – Maple Bacon Polenta Recipe Video
What are you waiting for? Here’s the recipe video for Maple Bacon Polenta! You’ll have a tasty side dish for your main entree in no time with this recipe video from Chef Blake. He’ll give you some helpful tips to keep in mind while making this recipe.
Meal Starters & Sauces
A polenta is a great meal starter for any kind of meat, especially when it is as good as the Maple Bacon Polenta is!
If you’re looking for an easy meal starter that will take your dish from good to scrumptious, we recommend that you try Rada Quick Mixes’ Meal Starters.
You could spend precious time working on homemade sauces (which are delicious too, we know from our Homemade Tomato Sauce!), but Rada loves to make cooking easy for you and your family.
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Maple Bacon Polenta Recipe Video Transcript:
Hello and welcome to Rada’s Test Kitchen. My name’s Blake and today we’re going to be making a creamy Maple Bacon Polenta. We have our ingredients in front of us: pure maple syrup, salt as needed, some heavy cream, the same amount of water, cornmeal, fresh butter, and some already cooked bacon which has been chilled, diced up, and the fat is with it. We have a double boiler to cook it. We’ve got the water in the pan over there which will then cook it using steam so it doesn’t burn or overcook easily.
We’ll go ahead and add everything here and put it over the steam. Start with the cream, cornmeal, butter, bacon, and maple syrup. I’m going to wait to add the salt till the end so we don’t over-season. Add in water too. Cornmeal thickens up quite a bit, so have plenty of liquid in there. You can always add more cream or more water depending on the consistency you’d like. This is going to take quite a bit. This is a process that could take up to a half hour.
Keep stirring as it heats up a little more. You can see it’s starting to thicken a little bit, it’s rising a little bit. The corn takes a little while to cook, so you want to make sure to give yourself enough time. I think we’ve invested a little over 20 minutes on this and it’s still not done. We’ll add a little more density to it.
Now that’s starting to look more like the polenta we’re trying to get. Season it with a little salt. You can see how it’s become a lot more thick. Season it to taste. Add a little more maple syrup to get some sweetness if you want. This tastes really good.
So our polenta is finished, thickened up. The corn is cooked, the flavors came together, we seasoned it. Put it on the plate. It can go with anything from chicken, beef, pork. It’s a really nice side dish to compliment your plate. Give it a shot, let us know how it is, stay tuned for more videos.
End of Maple Bacon Polenta Recipe Video Transcript.