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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:40 am 
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Give me you're recipes for basic polenta, either soft or firm, your recipes for fancy polenta and all your advice regarding it!

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:27 am 
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I've tried all kinds of polenta recipes (I prefer the firm/sliceable kind), and today I'm going for this without the cheese.

Bobby Flay has a recipe that calls for pureed chickpeas in it--tasty, but it came out too delicate for me to grill as instructed so I pan fried it. There's a microwave polenta recipe in Nonna's Italian Kitchen that worked well for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:05 am 
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We love polenta; this is my partner's "party piece," based on a family recipe:
http://elizaveganpage.blogspot.com/2009/11/pamelas-polenta-from-uneeda-rest-dinner.html

And this is awesome for breakfast, when you want a change from tofu scramble:
http://elizaveganpage.blogspot.com/2009/10/scrambled-polenta-or-imitation-is.html

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:07 am 
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Desdemona wrote:
We love polenta; this is my partner's "party piece," based on a family recipe:
http://elizaveganpage.blogspot.com/2009/11/pamelas-polenta-from-uneeda-rest-dinner.html


I've made this (thanks, Desdemona's partner!) and it's the shiitake.


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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:12 am 
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I looove polenta. I don't really have many basic recipes than the usual, I don't think. Sometimes I stir pesto in it for extra flavor. I imagine many some sun-dried tomatoes would be nice, although I haven't actually tried that.

I like that Nava Atlas recipe in Vegan Express-it's really simple just a black bean and spinach stir fry over grilled polenta but it's really quick enough to make on a weeknight, especially if I make the polenta in the morning and let it firm up all day, slice it into triangles and grill it in the evening and make the stir fry and taters. And it seems really healthy too, ingredients-wise. That with paprika potatoes. I like it.

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:14 am 
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vijita wrote:
Desdemona wrote:
We love polenta; this is my partner's "party piece," based on a family recipe:
http://elizaveganpage.blogspot.com/2009/11/pamelas-polenta-from-uneeda-rest-dinner.html


I've made this (thanks, Desdemona's partner!) and it's the shiitake.

OMG, I just read the recipe and this sounds amazing. It says you can eat it just plain and I believe it, but would it be good with a simple tomato marinara over it, too? I have to try it!

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 11:59 am 
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The Poppyseed Polenta (can't remember the exact name. . .) recipe from V'Con is delicious.

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:08 pm 
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seitanicverses wrote:
I imagine many some sun-dried tomatoes would be nice, although I haven't actually tried that.

i had polenta with sundried tomato pieces just this week, i liked it. you have to chop it really finely though, or you'll "remove" the tomato pieces when you slice the polenta if you prepare the polenta like i do, that is pouring it into a loaf pan and then slicing and frying it.

it's also really good with tiny pieces of oven roasted celery. for one "loaf" of polenta i slice 3 stalks of celery in half lengthwise, then cut it into small pieces and roast for maybe 15-20 minutes with just a little bit of oil so it doesn't stick. i think celery, like tomato, has a lot of natural glutamate, so it's really flavorful after roasting, no salt needed.
other than that, i usually only add black pepper, nutmeg and olive oil. maybe some extra salt if the vegetable broth wasn't strong enough (happens everytime..)


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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 12:26 pm 
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Dr. Apricot wrote:
I've tried all kinds of polenta recipes (I prefer the firm/sliceable kind), and today I'm going for this without the cheese.

Damn, now I have to make this today too. I should really avoid the PPK when I'm hungry and have other things to do. But I bet this is going to taste amazing.


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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 3:32 pm 
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seitanicverses wrote:
vijita wrote:
Desdemona wrote:
We love polenta; this is my partner's "party piece," based on a family recipe:
http://elizaveganpage.blogspot.com/2009/11/pamelas-polenta-from-uneeda-rest-dinner.html


I've made this (thanks, Desdemona's partner!) and it's the shiitake.

OMG, I just read the recipe and this sounds amazing. It says you can eat it just plain and I believe it, but would it be good with a simple tomato marinara over it, too? I have to try it!


Yes, I've often served it with marinara, and it's delicious!

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 4:41 pm 
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I love the Polenta Casserole from The Kind Diet. Basically, you cook the polenta with a head of cauliflower (chopped), then add peas, corn, seitan, soy sauce, tahini, parsley and bake it.


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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 7:58 pm 
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I recently made a polenta torte that featured a layer of polenta topped with pureed celeriac that had a bit of starch mixed in, and baked. All garnished with a mushroom and leek duxelle, to be fancy.

I think polenta is delicious topped with kale and white beans as well, and recently found a recipe from Lidia Bastianich that is essentially polenta and spinach soup. It is pure comfort food.

If you have a source by you where you can purchase freshly milled polenta, I highly recommend it. You will never go back to the stuff in a box.

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 8:11 pm 
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I love polenta because I can make a big batch of it and then reheat in the microwave for a quick breakfast. I usually cook mine very simply with a ratio of 4:1 water to polenta, a few tablespoons of no-chicken broth paste, and some s&p. Sometimes I add lentils or veggies when I need something more substantial. So so good.

Or you can check my recipe for Herbed Chickpea Polenta


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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 10:34 pm 
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I just bought some Sheese blue cheese to make Desdemona's polenta! Yum! But ugh, monies.

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:22 am 
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i love love love polenta. i usually make a soft polenta, then make some sort of white wine/truffle sauce with veggies, caramelized onions and whatever else i feel like.

or eat it as is..mmm!


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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 6:37 am 
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any roasted broccoli or kale or cauli goes quite well mixed into polenta.

whatever's left after eating it hot, you can pour into a casserole dish or bread loaf pan, slice up, and pan fry. makes a killer sandwich filling.

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 Post subject: Re: Polenta
PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 8:57 am 
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Polenta fan here! One of my favourite recipes is polenta rancheros in Vegan Brunch. We have that at least once a week. I also love this http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/02/po ... s-and.html


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