'polenta' on Serious Eats

Seared Skirt Steak With Blistered Cherry Tomatoes and Polenta

Polenta is the kind of stuff that's just begging for a flavorful sauce to be spooned into it. But pan-seared steak doesn't really provide much sauce of its own. The solution: Toss some juicy cherry tomatoes and chilies into the skillet as the steak finishes cooking. Their natural juices pick up the flavorful pan drippings and—with just a touch of olive oil—emulsify into a rich, flavor-packed pan sauce. More

Polenta With Winter Salad, Poached Egg, and Blue Cheese From 'Feast'

One of my favorite dishes to make in the winter is a big bowl of polenta topped with a scoop of whatever leftover vegetables are rolling around in the fridge. Sarah Copeland seems to be of the same mind. She has four (yes, four) different recipes for polenta in her new cookbook, Feast; here, she tops cheddar-filled polenta with a wilted melange of bitter greens and cherry tomatoes, a delicate poached egg, and a few crumbles of pungent blue cheese. More

Twin Farms Red Polenta with Wildcrafted Oyster Mushroom Broth from 'The Vermont Farm Table Cookbook'

This small plate combines hearty red polenta (Twin Farms grows their own, but it's easy to substitute), savory mushrooms in their cooking broth, and soft ricotta cheese. Gently fried garlic chips and whole parsley leaves round out the picturesque dish. It's a nod to the upcoming fall season, but isn't so heavy that you can't enjoy it in September. More

Dinner Tonight: Cheddar Scallion Polenta Croquettes

When I think of polenta, I think soft and creamy cornmeal served warm from the pot, a delicious northern Italian staple. But polenta also comes in another form, where it's allowed to cool and firm up to be cut into shapes and re-cooked. Polenta in its soft form has always been my go-to—mostly because a grilled piece of cornmeal never much enticed me—until I came across this recipe in Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, where it's breaded and shallow-fried. More

Grilled Shrimp with Chive Polenta Cakes

This simple, light dinner is easy to prepare, and much of it can be made ahead of time—making this a perfect dinner to serve guests you actually want to spend the evening chatting with. Polenta chive cakes can be made the day before, and the shrimp can be marinated and placed on skewers at that time, too. So all you've got to do on a Sunday evening is make a quick green salad and open a bottle (or two) of wine. More

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