Polenta is easy to cook and a great canvas for all kinds of flavors. This version is rich with herbs, but you could substitute your favorite spices, add cheese, stir in some sauteed mushrooms or spinach — the possibilities are limitless. Top the baked polenta with a vegetable ragout, a hearty stew, or your favorite pasta sauce, or try it as a side dish in place of other starches like potatoes or rice.
If you’re tempted to replace the water in the recipe with more broth: don’t! Too much broth will overwhelm the flavor of the polenta itself.