My children aren’t normally picky eaters, so how could I possibly have raised a child who doesn’t like potatoes in any shape or form? Sizzling hot French fries are out, my daughter says, mashed potatoes don’t comfort and the crispy edges of gratins are happily left for others. She claims she is easy to please, readily eating rice, pasta or polenta whenever it is served.
On a recent rainy Sunday, I braised some lamb shanks and made a double batch of creamy polenta to serve alongside, a perfectly fine substitute that satisfied everyone. And I ended up with a pan of leftover polenta ready to cube for an easy weeknight dinner of polenta hash and grilled sausages.