I love ordering dishes that are served with polenta when I'm dining at Italian restaurants. However, the one time I tried to make polenta at home several years ago, it ended up a mushy flavorless disaster. Since then, I've avoided cooking polenta.
But, I hate limiting myself in the kitchen, so recently I decided to get over my fear. I looked to Alton Brown for guidance, and it turns out he has an easy, almost foolproof recipe that doesn't require standing over the stove for an hour. The polenta is baked in the oven and seasoned with sautéed red onions and parmesan cheese.