Polenta with Corn and Wild Rice

Wild rice adds a toasted nuttiness to this dish, and breaking it up in a food processor allows the rice to cook at the same rate as the polenta. Cookbook author Amy Thielen advises to scrape the corn cobs with the back of a knife after you grate the kernels to extract as much of the corn liquid as you can.

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Polenta with Corn and Wild Rice Polenta with Corn and Wild Rice
Wild rice adds a toasty nuttiness to polenta, its creamy sweetness heightened with freshly puréed corn. Serve as a side dish or light main course.
Yield: serves 8-10
Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes


  • 3 ears of corn, shucked
  • 12 cup wild rice
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups coarse polenta
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for serving


  1. Set a box grater over a large bowl and then grate the corn cobs on the large holes until you get a soupy purée; you should have 34 cup.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the wild rice until coarsely cracked. Transfer to a fine sieve, rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear, and drain.
  3. In a 4-qt. saucepan, bring the milk and water to a boil. Whisk in the wild rice, polenta, and salt and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the polenta and rice are tender, about 1 hour. Remove the polenta from the heat and stir in the grated corn purée and butter until smooth. Pour into a large serving bowl or platter and top with more pats of butter before serving.