I have been making a lot of comfort foods due to long cold winter days so I thought I of adding a few non-Indian comfort foods too as soon as I saw my favorite chef and food network star Giada De Laurentiis polenta preparation on TV and immediately fell in love with it. I just added my twist to it after I have seen several versions of polenta being served in various restaurants and events. Polenta could be eaten in many ways – by having different toppings, layered, with sauce etc. Nevertheless, the simple plain polenta is satisfying by itself. Try it and see it for yourself.
– 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
– 1/2 cup quick-cooking polenta
– 1/2 cup thawed spinach or 3 cups fresh spinach
– 1 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
– Pesto Sauce
– Sun dried tomato pesto or pasta sauce
– Roasted Red bell pepper in the jar
– 1 tsp olive oil
– 1 clove of garlic crushed
– Salt per taste
Bring about 2 cups of water, 1 tbsp butter, and some salt as per taste to a boil in a heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in the polenta. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Stir constantly until the polenta thickens for about 5 minutes. Now, pour the cooked polenta into a greased 9 by 9-inch baking pan, spreading so that it is 1/3-inch thick. Cover and let stand at room temperature until set for about 15 minutes. Cut the polenta into small squares as you desire. Arrange the polenta squares on a platter.
Heat olive oil in a pan, add garlic, then the spinach, sprinkle a little water and let it cook for about 3 – 5 mins until wilted. Add some salt and pepper and check for seasonings. Keep it aside to cool. Now spread some pesto sauce on the polenta square, arrange a piece of roasted red bell pepper, then some spinach. Spread some sun-dried tomato pesto or pasta sauce on another polenta square and cover the spinach with this other polenta square like a sandwich, sprinkle with parsley. Enjoy with a side of fresh crisp salad.
NOTE: Make sure to squeeze all the water if frozen spinach is used. To make your own roasted red bell pepper, you can find my recipe here – How To – Roasted Bell Pepper. There are tons of recipe available for pesto. If you don’t want to use it, you can simply use the pasta sauce or sun-dried tomato pesto on both the polenta.
Looks really beautiful and appetiting. Thanks for this creative recipe. It makes me to try.
Thank you Rashmi. It’s actually very easy to put together too.
I am yet to try polenta and these sandwiches looks so good and healthy..def a must try
Thanks Sukanya. Yea its super easy and really tastes YUM. Try it and see for yourself, Im sure you wont be disappointed.
Beautiful presentation! I love polenta, but have never tried to make it though. Thanks!
Thank you Amy! Make it, it is super easy and tastes too good!
very new to me…never heard before…….Beautiful presentation!
Thank Maha and I am glad that I was able to provide something new to you… and many others