Polenta, which can regionally be known as corn pudding, grits, porridge, or corn mush, can be served up savory or sweet at any time of the day.
Start with this basic recipe and turn it into something your family will love.
Using a non-stick, 2 quart, lidded saucepan bring chicken stock or water to a boil over medium-high heat.
Slowly pour in the cornmeal while whisking constantly followed immediately by the garlic powder if using it.
Continue to whisk for about 5 minutes until the cornmeal visibly thickens.
Stir every 5 - 7 minutes to ensure it doesn't stick. (If you are using stainless steel, stir every 3 - 5 minutes.