I wanted to do a side that was a little different for Thanksgiving, after all we always have mashed potatoes. Polenta is a great alternative and takes much less time and effort. You can make polenta take on any flavor you want, for this version I wanted something rich, creamy and cheesy. I combined polenta with cheddar cheese, and my Balsamic Onion spread, and topped it all off with bacon. YUM.
Cheesy Polenta with Balsamic Onion and Bacon
2 cups Polenta
1 cup half and half
5 cups milk
2 tbsp butter
3 cups shredded white cheddar
3 slices of cooked bacon
1 cup Just Jan's Balsamic Onion
Combine the milk, half and half, and salt in a medium sized pot. Slowly bring to a low boil, being careful not to let it boil over.
Once the liquid is boiling add the polenta and begin whisking. The polenta will thicken quickly.
As the polenta thickens mix in the cheese.
When the cheese is incorporated add the balsamic onion and mix.
Top with chopped up bacon.