Gentle Readers, sometimes comfort food comes frozen, in a bag. The Practical Cook adores fresh simple food, but there are days when simplicity, speed, and vegetables come first. Enter Trader Joe’s Frozen Polenta (that’s Italian for “grits”).
It’s simple, you heat it up in a pan, and though the instructions don’t say add water, I did and would.
Fairly simple process. I served it with Black Beans (added cumin, garlic, and onion, cheddar on top) and sauteed zucchini and red peppers. Colorful. The Practical Cooks Junior were excited to taste test, but not thrilled with the results. The Eldest opted for more black beans, the Youngest opted out of the survey.
The polenta wanted some salt, as they say, and a few grinds of black pepper. Overall, it’s good, but I might doctor a bit to gain acceptance going forward. The Juniors prefer my homemade cheese grits, 20 minutes of stirring and all. To be candid, though I enjoyed this, and the ease of it, I can’t disagree with them.
I would give this a B+. Useful for a crunch, very comforting for a lazy day, but not strong enough to be on its own.
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