Polenta and Sauteed Greens Spirals Recipe- Pretty, Healthy and Meatless

November 2, 2011 in Vegetarian Entrees

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Polenta and Sauteed Greens Spirals

Who would guess that polenta could be a dish pretty enough to impress all your friends and neighbors? Heck, this one is even pretty enough to impress your boss!

Sometimes it’s all about the presentation. Sure, I have made polenta before with flavorful toppings. I even got fancy once and did a chili polenta parfait.

But then I saw a Rolled Omlette and was inspired to “roll” my polenta for a much prettier presentation. I was a little nervous that the soft texture of the polenta would turn into a big mess, but I was wrong. So, so wrong. Let me tell you, this works like a charm!

Try this humble peasant food turned into a foodie delight with a minimum of effort for your next Meatless Monday feast.

Then, sit back and see if you get a raise!

 

POLENTA AND GREENS SPIRALS

5 cups light colored vegetable stock
2 cups coarse grind polenta
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 cup grated hard cheese, such as Parmesan, Asiago or Romano
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper sauce
2 boxes (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and pressed dry
Dash of nutmeg
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring stock to a boil and slowly stir in polenta. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until very thick. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons of butter and cheese.

Line an 11 x 17 inch baking pan with plastic wrap and then spray lightly with oil.

Pour polenta onto baking sheet and spread evenly out, to about 1 inch thickness. Cool to room temperature.

Saute onion in remaining 1 tablespoon of butter for about 2 minutes over medium high heat, until softened. Add garlic and cook another minute or two until fragrant. Add in spinach and saute for a few more minutes, until moisture is removed. Stir in nutmeg, hot sauce and add salt and pepper to taste.

Spread greens evenly on top of polenta. Carefully roll up polenta like you would a jelly roll, from widest side. chill until set.

Remove from refrigerator and slice into 2 inch thick pieces and place spiral sides up on a serving platter. Microwave for about 2 minutes, until heated through.

There are endless things to do with polenta. A few fabulous ideas:

Poor Girl Eats Well did Polenta Mini Pizzas
Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod did Grilled Polenta Cakes
Kale Polenta sounds healthy yummy at We Are Not Martha
Dessert Lemon Almond Polenta? Yes – by Sally at A Food Centric Life
Lemon Polenta Cakes are also a hit at Not Quite Nigella
And, the always amazing Joanne did a Polenta Gratin at Eats Well with Others
Bacon Polenta by Dara at Cookin Canuck looks so decadent!

– posted by Donna

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