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Pumpkin Bacon Polenta is the perfect side dish for fall.
Cut the bacon into small pieces.
In a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over low-medium heat, brown the bacon. When bacon is cooked and crisp remove it from the pan with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat in the pan; discard the rest.
Add the water, chicken broth, pumpkin, pumpkin butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper into the pot with the bacon fat. Bring to a boil. Slowly add the cornmeal, whisking continuously to prevent lumps.
Reduce heat to low and simmer the polenta for 15 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the heavy cream and cook 15 more minutes, stirring often.
Meanwhile, in a small frying pan over medium heat, add the pumpkin seeds and toast for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Reserve the pumpkin seeds.
Add the cream cheese and butter to the polenta and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Check seasoning and add more salt if needed.
Serve polenta topped with cooked bacon pieces and toasted pumpkin seeds.
This is a stick-to-your-ribs, warm-you-up, side dish. This is not the conventional creamed spinach recipe that calls for tons of butter and cheese, it is low-fat and delicious. What is also great about this recipe is that it is a total “pantry” dish that is a quick go-to on a busy day.
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