Sunday, January 31, 2010

polenta alla romana

you might have heard of gnocchi alla romana..well this is my bastardized version of that. since i can't eat semolina flour bc of the gluten found within, i make my gnocchi alla romana using polenta. it is a light, fluffy easy to make dinner. and great for a dinner party bc so much- if not all of it can be done in advance. first you need 2 cups of this:

next bring 6 cups of water to a boil to which you have added 1/2 tsp of freshly grated nutmeg, 4 tbsp. of butter and 1 tsp. of salt.


slowly add the 2 cups of polenta to the boiling water and stir constantly (or at least until it starts to thicken) once it comes together turn the heat down to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring to prevent clumping..

also is it gross or weird that i was dipping salt and pepper potato chips into a mixture of peanut butter and chocolate that i made earlier in the morning to spread on toast while i was stirring the polenta? well let me tell you it may have been weird but it certainly was NOT gross. they were just sitting there next to each other and the hungry bitch inside me known as PMS thought it would make an AWESOME snack. she is seldom wrong....EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this soothes her...

ok, so once the polenta is thick and creamy (15 minutes) take the pot off the heat and add 2 egg yolks and 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmigiano reggiano...


whisk quickly so your eggs don't scramble..

then pour the hot polenta into a baking sheet that you have lined with foil and oiled lightly, spread until smooth...


cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 2 hours...

while that's happening make the sauce. my tomato sauce is the yummiest ever..and super easy. these are the only ingredients you need..
and that is: 1 28 oz. can whole peeled plum tomatoes plus 1 14 oz can of the same or similar, sea salt, 3-4 cloves garlic, 1-2 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes.

pour 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan, add to it the chopped garlic, oregano and pepper flakes. saute just until the aroma makes your nose happy. then add the tomatoes. don't break up the tomatoes as i feel they get bitter if you do this too early..waiting makes them sweeter.

bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to a low simmer for about an hour..


once done add 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar and salt to taste. pour sauce into a food processor or blender and blend to a smooth consistency, taste again for seasoning...


pour back into saucepan and keep warm on the stove..


once the polenta is cooled and firm start cutting out circles with whatever small round cutter (or soy sauce ramekin in my case) you have..


arrange them in a slightly overlapping fashion in a buttered baking dish..


once you have them all layered in the pan sprinkle more cheese and dots of butter. bake in a 450 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes..


once they start to go golden brown (you might need to put them under the broiler for the last 5 minutes of cooking) take them out and serve immediately..


with a simple green salad..


and plenty of sauce and extra chizzneese...

i had 2 helpings. that good.

22 comments:

court. said...

wow. i was congratulating myself for making an actual turkey sandwich instead of eating the turkey out of the deli package....and then I saw this.

Ms Smart said...

wow, that looks delicious!
great idea, thanks

sarah said...

Fun fact: cottage cheese & jalepeno chips are amazing friends.

boops said...

can i come over for dinner?

AppleTree said...

what's with all the carbs? You are killing me.

urbansardines said...

that looks stunningly good. Who knew that you rock the kitchen, too!~

Tamstyles said...

wow..looks great

Raru said...

Absolutely agree with Tamstyles - looks great :)))

hello gorgeous said...

Wow. Guess what I am having for dinner tonight?

my favorite and my best said...

really, it was so good. i am super bummed that there is none left. but they don't make great leftovers anyway..still..don't let that deter you from making them..just invite a friend over to help you devour them..

alanna rose said...

Nom, nom, nom!

And can I say that adding the balsamic to the sauce is genius?!

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

This looks delish, but I can't cook to save my life. I'm going to live vicariously through you for the time being.

Erin said...

Try this:
http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1011330

LindsB said...

I haven't eaten lunch yet and this just made my stomach reach out and slap me for not having something this yumnmy

Beach Vintage said...

You know what looks best about this meal? It has lots of calories. Yum!

Kitty said...

you make your own gnocci? who's the martha now?!?!

aquirkydelight said...

Great, now there's drool on my laptop. Well. More drool.

Sarah @ Maison Boheme said...

Two food posts in a row! You're rocking them out! Where can I get something like this as take out. I'm a tired pregnant person.

Kristen said...

Wow! That looks amazing. Going to get all the ingredients and make it this week! Thanks

hello gorgeous said...

Okay, I didn't make this last night as advertised but I did make it tonight and can I say that is the best sauce ever?!

My husband said it was outstanding - over-the-top good. Highest praise.

Thanks. This goes in the files. xo

(Apropos of this post my w/v is props.)

just_charming_ said...

Tried this last night and oh my, it's fabulous!! Many thanks for the recipe. Suzanne:)

my favorite and my best said...

hello G and just charming-
love that you made it and enjoyed it. isn't the sauce sooo much easier than cutting all those bullshit carrots, onions and celery of the past?
all u need are great canned tomatoes, garlic and a few dried up herbs...and a splash of balsamic at the end. heaven.
so good.