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What's the difference between polenta and grits?

Polenta vs. Grits

Italian polenta and American grits are both dishes known as cornmeal mush, made from boiled ground cornmeal.

Polenta is made from yellow corn and has a bright yellow. Grits, on the other hand, are made from white corn and have a pale white color.

Both Italian-style polenta and grits -- which are popular in the American south -- can be eaten like a soft porridge. Grits are often topped with butter; polenta is usually finished with olive oil and also can be cooled, cut into strips and grilled or fried. Both dishes are either served plain or used as a canvas for cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables or herbs.

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