What pasta is to southern Italy, polenta is to the north! This creamy cornmeal dish is the perfect base for a host of toppings, including meatballs. In the recipe below, ground turkey forms the base of the meatballs, which are baked with a richly flavored tomato sauce. Ladle on top of the polenta for a dish the whole family will enjoy.
According to legend, polenta will only stay creamy and free of lumps if stirred in a continuous, counter-clockwise motion. Sprinkling the polenta in slowly helps as well, as does relying on a whisk, at least at the beginning. Like risotto, polenta demands the cook's full attention, so be sure to give it the time it deserves!