Meal of Broccoli with Bacon and Polenta

Meal of Broccoli with Bacon and Polenta

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Garlic Broccoli with Bacon and Polenta

(by Nicole Branan)

serves 2


For the polenta:

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan

  • freshly cracked black pepper

For the broccoli:

  • 6 slices thick–cut bacon

  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced or pressed

  • 12 ounces baby broccoli, stems trimmed

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth



For the polenta:

  • Add water and salt to a saucepan and bring to a boil.

  • Slowly whisk in the cornmeal.

  • Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until thick (20 to 25 minutes).

  • Take off the heat and stir in the parmesan.

For the broccoli:

  • Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces and cook in a skillet until crispy.

  • Take the bacon out with a slotted spoon and set aside.

  • Add the garlic and briefly cook in the bacon fat until fragrant.

  • Add the broccoli to the skillet, then add the chicken broth.

  • Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down a bit and simmer, uncovered, until the liquid has evaporated and the broccoli is tender.

  • Add the bacon back to the broccoli.

  • Sprinkle pepper over polenta and broccoli and serve.


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