Definition of polenta in English:



  • 1Cornmeal as used in Italian cooking.

    • ‘Place the polenta, flour, sugar and lemon zest in a food processor with a pinch of salt.’
    • ‘Soy grits are coarsely ground soybeans that can be used instead of corn grits or breakfast cereal, or mixed in polenta.’
    • ‘It also contains a number of grains, soaked overnight: linseed, rolled oats, polenta, sunflower seeds, purple kibbled wheat and sesame seeds.’
    • ‘Place the polenta, flour and baking powder in a bowl, with the salt and sugar.’
    • ‘Sift the polenta, flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.’
    • ‘Preheat the oven to 220°C. Lightly dust a metal tray with semolina or polenta.’
    • ‘Breads, pasta, rice, noodles, couscous, polenta, bulgur and other grains are your main sources of carbohydrates.’
    • ‘Fold in the flour and polenta followed by the lemon zest.’
    • ‘Many of these have their own specific names, such as frumenty, made from wheat; tsampa, made from barley; polenta, made from maize; congee, from rice.’
    • ‘This local ingredient even found its way as far as Europe in the form of Italian polenta.’
    • ‘Cornmeal and polenta are not the same thing as cornstarch or cornflour.’
    • ‘While you can certainly choose to buy Italian polenta at a specialty store, you can use any finely ground cornmeal - and stone-ground, organic cornmeal is a good choice.’
    • ‘Add the flour, polenta and the baking powder, and mix.’
    • ‘Small dumplings, poached in boiling water then tossed with some kind of sauce, gnocchi can be made of potato, flour and ricotta, semolina, milk and cheese, and even polenta.’
    1. 1.1 A paste or dough made from cornmeal, which is boiled and typically then fried or baked.
      • ‘Grilled polenta with sautéed wild mushrooms in a spicy artichoke ragoût is better.’
      • ‘Along the coast, a meal usually includes fish and pasta, risotto, or polenta.’
      • ‘My suggestion is to make soft polenta, as the leftovers will set into firm polenta anyway, which you can grill or pan-fry to serve with pork sausages or a hot tomato sauce or, indeed, any leftover mushroom sauce.’
      • ‘A loin of spring rabbit pan-roasted with chanterelles and accompanied by polenta with texture and presence is just as welcoming.’
      • ‘My decision to opt for fillet of beef with soft Gorgonzola polenta, cêpes, candied shallots and rosemary was inspired, even if it led to a calorific overload that made me feel as if I wouldn't be able to walk for a week.’
      • ‘Roast lamb rib eye, with braised lettuce and baked white polenta, a ground corn dish - once regarded as a staple in Italy and now transformed into a fashionable accompaniment - is rounded off with Shiraz gravy.’
      • ‘You can't serve a Cumberland sausage with balsamic vinegar, polenta and all that foreign muck, you just can't.’
      • ‘T shivered theatrically and chose risotto with asparagus, clams and octopus carpaccio to start, followed by rump steak and polenta.’
      • ‘It came to the table along with a soothing, interestingly chewy soup made of burrata cheese and fine white polenta, and a pair of nicely roasted scallops scored on their tops to resemble a pair of blooming flowers.’
      • ‘I took the waitress's suggestion for the most popular dish: a slow cooked pork with bleu cheese polenta and spinach.’
      • ‘We were treated to a roasted marinated rack of lamb on a spiced lentil stew with basil polenta and rosemary gravy.’
      • ‘Truth is, Gnocchi has more in common with polenta than pasta, at least when it comes to its genealogy.’
      • ‘This easy vegetable stew makes a great main dish when served over pasta, grilled artisan-style bread, or polenta.’
      • ‘Expect to wait anything up to an hour for your food, to eat pasta or polenta out of a plastic container, to drink wine served in an old mineral water bottle and to tango the night away with someone old enough to be your grandfather.’
      • ‘But sometimes I make an omelette and sometimes I'll have - oh, on Monday night when I went home and had a dinner party, we had ox tail stew with watercress and polenta.’
      • ‘Who knew you could grill polenta on an indoor grill?’
      • ‘But if you let it settle and you slice it, or even better yet, if the slices are grilled, then polenta is my very good friend.’
      • ‘Toss on a little salt after roasting and add to pasta, polenta, pizza and omelets.’
      • ‘The bloggers dined al fresco on grilled marinated flank steak, polenta and Asparagus, with the aforementioned salad and cheesecake janegalt.’
      • ‘And one evening we try crispy-crusted pig's-feet cakes, meltingly soft chunks of meat encased in polenta.’


Late 16th century: Italian, from Latin, ‘pearl barley’ (a sense of polenta in Old English).