I saw in the internet a recipe for “Instant Pot Polenta”. I was in disbelief. I did not believe it. So I decided to try it! I searched and the internet delivered! If you google Instant Pot Polenta; the internet will smack you in the head with recipes. Then I saw that Bon Appétit had a recipe. And I saw it and it seemed straight forward enough. Then I saw their video and I thought: self, you can do this. So I did.
It was simple, straight forward, comforting and that is all I wanted! My twist? I had some leftover carnitas, so I topped the polenta with some carnitas, Parmesan cheese, green onions and I had some chipotle sauce. What was the end product? A silky, smooth, and creamy polenta, with some crunchy, salty carnitas. The chipotle sauce (with you can honestly just put some hot sauce), gives it that extra kick!
Compared to Bon Appétit, I added one more tablespoon of butter, because I live on the edge. I only used parm (instead of pecorino, because I only had parm), and the rest of the ingredients were leftovers. This will be a staple now, because you can use the polenta as a way to use all of your leftovers!
How to make it:
Bon Appetit’s polenta recipe:
- 1 cup of polenta
- Black pepper
- 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter (I added one more. So 4, for me)
- Parmesan cheese (as much as little as you want)
- Instant Pot!
How to make it!
- In the IP, add the polenta, salt, pepper, and 4 cups of water and mix well. Using the pressure cooker setting, set to cook the polenta for 9 minutes.
- After the 9 minutes, let it release the pressure BY ITSELF. Don’t be me. I was not patient and I quick released and almost had polenta ALL OVER the kitchen. Be smart. Follow Bon Appétit’s recipe. Don’t be Jose.
- Add the butter and ALL OF THE CHEESE. Whisk until all of the polenta goodness looks amazing.
Put it all together.
- I had some leftover pernil/carnitas, you can find my recipe here and here. I also had some chipotle sauce from that carnitas recipe! Follow that recipe, if you need a fresh batch. If you are working with leftover like me, place the amount of carnitas or pernil into a sheet pan and broil for 5 minutes for amazing crunchy/saltiness.
- In a bowl, add one or two ladlefuls of polenta, top with carnitas or pernil, add more cheese (because why not), and then I had some green onions that a chopped for some green. The chipotle sauce or hot sauce just gives it some pop and some zip.
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