Monday, October 24, 2011

Gorgonzola Polenta with Spicy Vegetables

This is a ridiculously easy dish to make, and very fast to prepare when there's not a lot of time to make dinner. It's rich, sophisticated and nutritious ... what a great reward at the end of a long day at work!

Polenta is actually supposed to be cooked slowly, like risotto; but this faster version is still great, especially with the Gorgonzola stirred into it to make it even creamier.

Bright both in color and in flavor, this is a great meal to serve to take the chill off an Autumn evening.

Gorgonzola Polenta with Spicy Vegetables

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups chopped broccoli
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pesto

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Saute the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes until the onion is translucent. Add the broccoli and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

Stir together the tomatoes, salt and pesto; pour over the broccoli and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
2 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola

Meanwhile, bring the water and the salt to a boil. Turn the heat to low and slowly whisk in the cornmeal. Stir constantly until thickened and creamy, then remove from heat and stir in the Gorgonzola.

To serve: place 1 cup of polenta onto a serving dish, and top with one-quarter of the vegetables. Sprinkle with Parmesan, if desired.

Serves 4.


Candace said...

I have never made polenta before. This looks delicious!

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

this sounds completely delicious! Could you use polenta that is already cooked (the kind that is the shape of sausage in a roll) as well?

Do you believe I tasted Gorgonzola cheese for the FIRST time a few weeks ago? How embarrassing! I LOVE IT!

Cranberry Morning said...

Looks beautiful, Mary! I can't read Gorgonzola without thinking of that character on Sesame Street! Unfortunately, word associations come way too easily for me. This looks like a great dinner.

Leanne said...

Gorgonzola? Check. Polenta? Check. Spicy veggies? Check.

Yep, I'm ALL OVER this one!!!!

Miriam said...

Now that's my kind of meal! Beautiful :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Jenn said...

This sounds wonderful Mary! I love gorgonzola but for some reason, rarely cook with it... must change that!

Martha said...

Oh Yummmm! I love polenta as a main dish, especially at this time of the year. I could see throwing in some leftover beef or chicken with the veggies/sauce to make it even heartier.

Lordy,my mouth is watering just looking at the picture! What time is dinner? LOL

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