What exactly should you do with polenta?

Scratch your head no longer. These are the sweet and savoury ways to make use of the humble cornmeal.

Braised mushrooms with polenta
Polenta has humble origins as a peasant food, but there's no denying its versatility in the modern kitchen. It makes for a wonderful creamy base for slow-cooked meats, and is an ideal crumbing agent for fried chicken. It makes a fine addition in cakes and desserts too – the honey, polenta and buttermilk-ricotta pudding is one of our favourites.