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Chefs praise Tenuta Castello's organic, stone-ground, corn flour made from local varieties of "red" corn (Marano, Astice, and Quattro File). Its whole grain flavor, and rustic texture, distinguishes it from other non-artisanal polenta flours.
Some Polenta Recipes:
Traditional Italian Polenta
- 2 cups Tenuta Castello Organic Polenta
- 3 Tablespoons butter (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups water (you can use 5 cups water, 1 cup milk)
- grated Italian cheese (Parmesan or Romano)
Place the water and salt in a large, deep pot on the stove over high heat until it boils. Slowly stir in the Tenuta Castello Organic Polenta. Turn the heat down and gently simmer, stirring frequently (you do not want it to stick to the sides of the pan) with a long handled spoon, about 30-45 minutes. Stir in the butter, if desired, and salt to taste.
Coat a medium sized bowl with olive oil, spoon the polenta into the bowl, and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Now you should invert the bowl onto a FLAT plate. Remove the bowl. Cut the polenta into thick slices, serve hot. You can top the polenta with your favorite sauce and the freshly grated Italian cheese.
To make CREAMY polenta use only 1 cup Tenuta Castello Organic Polenta, with all the other ingredient amounts being the same, and serve onto plates or into bowls directly from the stove top.
Creamy Polenta using a Rice Cooker
- 3/4 cup Tenuta Castello Organic Polenta (also known as a "rice cooker cup" which is of course just 3/4 of a regular cup)
- 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups water (4 rice cooker cups)
- 1/2 cup grated Italian cheese (Parmesan or Romano)
Using the "Porridge Setting" on your rice cooker, put in the Tenuta Castello Organic Polenta, butter, salt, and water. Stir once or twice during the cooking cycle. When complete, stir well and cook a second time on the porridge setting. You can repeat this process as many times as you like to get the desired consistency. I find twice is enough. Remove from the rice cooker, stir in the Italian cheese and serve.
The Vercellone family has been cultivating grains for over 100 years in the heart of the Po Delta near Vercelli in the Piedmont region of Italy. Their Tenuta Castello products are certified organic; hand-weeded instead of treated by insecticides and herbicides. Further, Tenuta Castello grains are processed in traditional mills that leave much of each kernelís substance intact without polishing or shining. The result: full flavor, structure and consistency, and a high nutrient content. Truly, a standard untouched by its peers or by other, industrial-scale grains. Artisan quality and full flavor are hallmarks of the entire Tenuta Castello line.
500 gram (1.1 pound) vacuum packed bag