• Pan Fried Polenta and the Pets Who Love It

    by  • March 6, 2014 • Recipes • 0 Comments

    Last night, I did a fun class with a great group of gals from Woodhaven Veterinary Clinic. It turns out vets like to have fun too! That can’t possibly come as a surprise since they dedicate so much effort to caring for and loving our furry friends. These are the people that take great care of these guys:

     

     

    That’s Moe above, and Greta and Gus below.

    So it turns out vets like to have fun too! That can’t possibly come as a surprise since they dedicate so much effort to caring for and loving our furry friends.

    One of the things we made, was polenta. In my enthusiasm, I made WAY TOO MUCH. I mean, hey, it happens, right?

    We’re having some pals over for spaghetti & meatballs (check back for that one!) and we’ll have some pan fried polenta to nibble on before dinner.

    Last night, I spread out the leftover polenta on a lightly oiled sheet pan. I covered it with plastic wrap and refrigerated. This afternoon, I cut about 1/3 of that pan of polenta into bite size squares. I sprinkled them with some salt and pepper, and lightly dredged them in some flour. Then I pan seared them in some olive oil and served them with some caponata. Anything along those lines like pesto, chile sauce, or a chunky tomato sauce would work great on these little cubes of goodness! Here’s a very basic recipe for polenta. If you know you’ve got something else coming up, entertaining or just another dinner for your family, make a little extra and use it in a different way!

    I really like to serve these warm and at the very least, room temperature. They really lose their warm cheesy appeal when they’re served cold. So guess what?! We’ve STILL got another 2/3 sheet pan of polenta! So tonight, we’ll pan sear larger pieces (one per person) and serve it with a chicken (leftovers!) salad on top! I’ll bet you can think of an even better idea, so share it!

    And no, I didn’t actually feed the pooches the polenta. They were very sad about that, but Gus is on a diet, so no polenta for that guy.

     

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    I have loved to eat and play in the kitchen since as far back as I can remember. I have definitely evolved from trying and testing more complicated recipes to keeping things simple. That’s a big theme these days, and for good reason. Our lives are busy and when it comes down to it, complicated food seems to create more stress than it’s worth. On an everyday basis, I need to be able to make and eat simple, good food. Happy cooking!

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