Making Polenta in the USA

A communal polenta celebration party in Chamois, Aosta Valley

Polenta is a big part of the communal celebrations in the Aosta Valley. The locals host these parties to celebrate summer with their visiting tourist guests.

It takes hours of slow cooking on a wood fire to properly prepare a classical polenta in a copper pot.

If you think this is too difficult to do in the USA, IT IS!!!

There is now an easier way out: the INSTANT POLENTA, ready in just 3 minutes, a success with Italian cooks is available in this country too! You put it in a pot of boiling water, and it cooks in just three minutes.

There is also a different alternative, already cooked and prepackaged in rolls: don’t fall for it, it’s very different from the real original stuff, and it’s simply not worth it.

The last time I made Polenta on a wood fire in a hut in the Italian Alps. Romantic memories!

Enrico Massetti was born in Milan, Italy.
Now he lives in Washington, DC, USA.
Still, he regularly visits his hometown
and enjoys going around all the places in his home country
especially those he can reach by public transportation.

Enrico loves writing guide books on travel in Italy
to help his friends that go to Italy to visit
and enjoy his old home country.
He also publishes books on the Argentine tango dance.

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