Cornmeal, when cooked as in the recipe below, is savory and has a consistency somewhere in between a creamy polenta and grits. You can eat it alone or as a side dish. It can be cooked with crab legs, pork, or you can even mix it with picadillo. There is a sweet version also, but that will be a post for another day.
Harina De Maiz - Cornmeal Cuban Style
1/3 cup olive oil
1 large onion (diced)*
4 garlic cloves (minced)*
1 medium green pepper (diced)*
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
12 oz bag of coarse yellow cornmeal
1-2 tablespoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
6 cups of water
*Process the onion, garlic, and green pepper in a food processor for a smoother consistency.
Saute the onion, garlic, and green pepper mixture in olive oil in a large heavy pot. When the onion is translucent add the tomato sauce, cornmeal, salt, and pepper. Mix all the ingredients and gradually add the water one cup at a time while stirring frequently. Cook at medium heat and them immediately reduce the heat to low once it begins to thicken. Continue to cook for about 45 minutes to an hour on low heat. Cover but stir every 10 minutes or so to avoid sticking. Add water if needed 1/2 cup at a time until the grain is soft to the bite like grits. Serve while hot. Serves 6 -8