Polenta is a native Italian dish, which I have always referred to as a poor man’s pasta because it can be dressed up with sauce and meat for cheap! Polenta, or as my family calls it “Mush”, is boiled cornmeal usually with water or milk. We enjoy throwing “Mush parties” where we make a huge pot of Mush, put out all the goods to dress it up and then let the fam go to town! It’s sure to be a party when the Mush and good wine are flowing around great company!
A traditional Ferritto Mush party includes:
- Instant Polenta or Corn Meal, simply follow the directions on the package
- Pieces of cut up pork, seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and either sautéed or baked
- Red sauce (we only use homemade, but you can use your favorite jar of sauce)
- Dried hot and sweet peppers – cooked for a few minutes in a good amount of hot olive oil seasoned with salt and pepper
- Shredded Mozzarella
- Grated Parmesan
- Serve everything in a separate bowl so you can dress it how you like it
- We typically serve mush with a simple salad too – romaine tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic powder, salt and pepper and of course Italian bread to clean your plate if you’d like!
- Red or white wine to drink and toast good company!