Polenta to take in the picnic basket


Polentas are a special venezuelan dish made with corn flour together with any kind of meat and vegetables. Some are called "funches" in the occidental regions of the country. I like the one made with coconut milk, vegetables and cheese. They can be cut in pieces to take to a picnic because they can be eaten cold. I am going to prepare one with meat. if you don't have corn flour you can use semolina because it gives the same result.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 litre of water
  • 2 cups of corn flour, it can be white or yellow
  • 1/4 kilo of minced meat together with 1/4 kilo of minced pork without fat (lean)
  • enough butter
  • 8 chilles
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 bunches of chives
  • 2 tablespoon of thyme
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup of cooking red wine

Procedure:

  • cut all the ingredients, add the thyme and mix before using


  • place the meat and the pork in a pan and fry with 2 tablespoons of oil
  • add the vegetables and the wine
  • adjust the salt at taste
  • cook for ten minutes before adding the water and the flour
  • add the water and boil for 5 minutes


  • put off the fire
  • add about 4 tablespoons of butter and start incorporating the flour moving all the time
  • once the flour is all incorporated, put it back on the fire and don't stop moving


  • it will take some time to cook, and may be you will need to add more butter to smooth the mixture
  • be careful with the bubbles because they jump out of the pan, but it is the sign that tells you that the polenta is ready. I cook it for about 15 minutes moving it all the time
  • passed this time serve in the container you prefer. You have to serve it very hot so that you can give shape to it using a spoon wet in water
  • let it cool before cutting







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