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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Polenta Cakes

Polenta is one of those versatile foods because you can use it as a base for so many different flavors. Much like pasta, it's best when accompanied with flavors from other ingredients (although my grandfather could eat it with Parmesan and butter and be a happy man) and it can be served "messy" or made into cakes or other more firm presentations.

4 cups water or chicken stock
1 cup polenta
2 teaspoons salt

In a heavy medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil over high heat. Stir the polenta and salt into the water, lower the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, stirring from time to time. Cook until the polenta is cooked through and thickens, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Pour the polenta into a lightly oiled, shallow baking dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 6 hours and up to 2 days in advance.
Run a knife around the edge of the baking dish and un-mold the polenta onto a cutting board.

You can cut the polenta into squares or I used a circle cookie cutter to make rounds.

At this point you can grill, broil or pan fry the polenta until crisp.

I added some fresh tomato's, basil and grated mozzarella for a Caprice style lunch.

**Cooks note: You could replace regular old mozzarella sticks with polenta sticks. Cut the polenta into strips and deep fry in oil for a few minutes until crisp and brown. Serve with marinara sauce. ***


Judy said...

I have made my own polenta a few times before, but I've never been in love with it. I also bought a tube at the store and tried slicing and frying it, but it was unbelievably salty. I'll keep giving it chances, but maybe I'm just not a polenta person. Yours looks beautiful though.

K8teebug said...

I feel the same way about polenta. This post gives me hope.