Thursday, 5 March 2009

Recipe box swap: Open theme month

Mmmm... I absolutely love this rain we have finally been getting! It was so lovely to go to sleep last night to the pitter-patter of rain falling. This sudden cool change is wonderful and already I've pulled out my nice, warm hoodie and have been flicking through my cosy comfort food recipes! Bring on autumn! So this month for the Recipe Box Swap, hosted by Randi, I'm going to share with you one of my favourite comfort foods.

Grilled polenta with melted cheese

1 cup instant polenta
1.5 cups water
1.5 cups milk (I used reduced fat, but you can use either full fat milk or water)
Olive oil spray
Your favourite cheese: mozzerella, blue cheese, camembert, good ol' tasty cheese! (but never, ever use Kraft singles)
Fresh herbs: basil, thyme
  • Spray a 24 x 16 cm dish with oil
  • Bring milk and water to a gentle boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add polenta gradually, whisking constantly. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until thick (I love watching polenta bubble up! Like lava bubbling away). Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into prepared dish and smooth out with a spatula. Refrigerate for about an hour or until firm.
  • Cut into squares/triangles/fingers, and cook the bottom in a fry pan until golden.
  • Top with herbs and cheese, and place under a grill until bubbly and golden. Alternatively, you can make them into little polenta and cheese sandwiches, layered with polenta/cheese/herbs/polenta, and grill the whole lot until warm and the cheese has melted through.
Serve as a side, or with a hearty tomato soup, or just eat on its own!

Photo courtesy of Patricia Scarpin


Jessica said...

I'm wishing I had polenta in then fridge right now...This looks so yummy!

t&d said...

Wandered here by way of the American magazine, mental_floss's blog... We're veggie-loving Americans living in Scotland; D's a PhD. student in Glasgow, and I'm along for the ride. Nice to meet ya, and the polenta looks amazing. Yum.

Laura said...

This looks soooooo good! Definitely going to give it a try - thanks for the recipe.

Bird Bath said...

mmmm, I really like the sound of that. Great comfort food for cooler days.