Winter Side: Polenta w/ Caramelized Onions & Walnuts

Yummy. Easy. Comforting. Delicious. Warm. Tastes like love.

You think I liked this dish?

It's so simple that it's not really anything. Your Italian grandmother (from the North of course) probably made this all the time.

Well, mine didn't, so let me be excited about it.

I served it along side a brisket and it was so delicious, no one paid any attention to the main dish!

It's a winter thing only. A big bowl of comforting mushy cornmeal w/ sweet onions and nuts.

Polenta w/ Caramelized Onions & Walnuts (adapted from 5 second rule):

3/4 cup of polenta (instant is fine)
3 cups of cold water
1 tbsp salt
2 tbsp butter

Boil the water in a large saucepan. Slowly pour in the polenta and whisk constantly until you achieve a nice stick to your ribs consistency. Keep stirring on low heat, or it will bubble and make a mess all over.

Once the cornmeal is thick, add 2 tbsp butter and put a lid on it. Set aside.

2 onions, sliced thin
pinch of salt
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar

handful of toasted walnuts

In a skillet, saute the onions in olive oil with a pinch of salt on medium heat until softened, about 10 minutes. Add the sugar & vinegar and cook another 10 minutes on very low heat until the onions become jammy. Make sure they are not burning.

When ready to serve, spoon polenta into bowls. Top with some caramelized onions and some toasted walnuts. Drizzle with some good olive oil.

Eat & stay warm.


The JR said…
I can tell you like it!

Looks delicious.
Stacey, I love the idea of using the walnuts. Very clever indeed.
I'm obsessed with polenta and love caramelized onions, the nuts are an added bonus!
Dana said…
Oh that Cheryl. I do love her and her recipes. I would never have thought to add nuts but it makes perfect sense. I LOVE polenta and don't make it nearly enough.
kat said…
What an interesting side, sounds perfect with beef!
Mother Rimmy said…
What a delicious side dish. I've never made polenta from scratch. I usually buy the tubes. I can see I've been missing out!

angicoock said…
I love the polenta
Anonymous said…
Side dish? Heck, it's just me and the dog tonight and this is going to be dinner! (For me. The dog will have organic chicken breast and rice.)


denise s said…
Looks yummy. Love the idea of carmelized onions... When I was a child, my Grandmother (from the Campania region) would use her leftover Sunday gravy and serve it over hot polenta with lots of grated ricotta salata for a Monday afternoon lunch for her sisters (I'd join too)
Love your blog.
AllThingsYummy said…
oh yum, this looks delicious. It's going on my list to make this weekend.
Anonymous said…
This reminds me of a Bosnian dish that they call 'Pura', though they stir through some feta cheese in. Delicious!
Polenta and caramelized onions are magic together, aren't they? I once mixed polenta with caramelized onions, pancetta, and mascarpone. "Heart Attack Polenta" I called it.

I would totally have given the brisket a fighting chance though. I love polenta, but I don't give up the meat for it!
Joshua said…
More than just a side dish, it's a great meal on cold days. And it's easy. Thanks for spreading the word on polenta
Claudia said…
I don't need to serve this with anything. Polenta, onions and nuts - the best food groups.
RIGHT up my alley! Love this!
tasteofbeirut said…
I can relate! I made a main dish and served polenta and the polenta was inhaled first!