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Posted 6/20/2011 4:14pm by Shamus Clancey.

Brown Butter Polenta
By Hans Butler
Serves 4-6
¼ # unsalted butter
½ onion, peeled and diced
3 cups water
1 cup polenta
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat butter over medium heat (watch closely) for about 4 minutes.  The butter will melt, sizzle, and then the solids in the bottom of the pan will start ot toast.  The butter is ready when it is medium brown and has a nutty aroma.
Add diced onion to brown butter and season generously with salt and pepper.  Saute for about 5 seconds.  Add water, thyme, and bay leaf and bring to a boil.  Remove thyme and bay leaf and slowly whisk in the polenta.  Lower the heat to the lowest setting and continue simmering and whisking for 30 minutes.
Serve polenta soft in warm like a savory porridge or pour into a pan to make polenta cakes (good for grilling or searing in a cast iron skillet).
Beautiful Upstate NY CPO coarse ground Polenta from Farmer Ground!