Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Oven baked polenta


A recipe that will make you appreciate polenta for today's post. 

My husband told me "I don't like polenta, don't make it" I felt like I am missing out something so I was determined to make him change his mind. And I succeeded! He told me it was the best recipe he ever had. That was a big statement! I thought I'd share this recipe with you so you can also help someone to reconcile with polenta. 

What he does not like in the polenta is actually its mushy texture. I needed to come up with a different presentation. But polenta fries are not an option. I occasionally deep fry my food, like 3 or 4 times a year. Deep fried food is so good but we kinda have to keep it to the minimum. Our arteries will be so grateful. 

Ok, let's get to the point that interests us! 


Oven baked polenta
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Polenta au four
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Ingredients:

  • 150 g of polenta
  • 1⁄2 liter of vegetable stock
  • 30 g of grated parmesan cheese 1 small roasted bell pepper
  • 15 green olives
  • 10 dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Some olive oil 
Directions:

  1. Chop the green olives, the dried tomatoes, and the roasted bell pepper
  2. Bring the vegetable stock to a boil and transfer the polenta into the saucepan
  3. Reduce to medium heat and constantly whisk until the mixture thickens up - it has to be of the consistency of a custard. Turn off the heat
  4. Add in the chopped olives, tomatoes and bell pepper as well as the parmesan, the oregano, and the black pepper. Mix well
  5. Lightly oil a baking dish - preferably with right-angled corners - and pour in the mixture. Level with a spatula, cover and let it sit in the fridge for about 1 hour
  6. Turn on the oven at 360°F or 180°CDrizzle some olive oil on the polenta that should have firmed. Cut it into squares and transfer half of the preparation into another oiled baking dish. Space out the pieces of polenta
  7. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes
  8. Serve on a bed of sautéed greens and salad 
 
NB:

1. You can totally replace the green olives with black ones. I absolutely love kalamata olives but they are on the bitter side so my kiddos are not big fans
2. You can pan fry the polenta but be aware it is very sticky
3. You can use chicken broth. As I make my own whenever I have chicken carcass or bones on hand, I don't always have chicken broth in my fridge
4. Replace the parmesan cheese by nutritional yeast for a vegan version 

Hope you will like it as much as we do. Comment below to let me know and don't forget to share it with your family and friends. 

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