Cheesy Polenta Stacks!
Stacks on Stacks on Stacks!
Polenta is a strange food. In my mind it is a sort of weird tortilla-pudding hybrid, a vessel for a multitude of sauces and incredible culinary creations. It is simple and unassuming, offering itself to us humbly. We accepted its gracious offer, and created something a bit out of the ordinary. There is something incredibly appealing about stacking foods. Its as close as we adults get to being kids again; playing and being whimsical with our food.
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This recipe is an easy meal to help bring out your inner child, and easy enough to prepare with one as well! This recipe serves two, but can easily be doubled.
1 680G Roll of Firm Polenta
500ML Soup Solutions Tomato & Basil Sauce
30 G Parmesan Cheese
1/ 4 Bunch of Fresh Basil
1 Clove Garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Gently warm the tomato sauce in a small saucepan, being careful not to boil or reduce
Slice the polenta into approximately 12 rounds, season with salt & pepper. Next, slice the mozzarella into thin (imperfect!) slices
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Toss in a little butter or olive oil. Pan-fry the polenta until both sides are crisped up, a minute or two each side - they should look a touch more golden and form a bit of a crust.
Use a toothpick to keep the stacks together
Arrange the assembled stacks in the skillet (if it's oven proof) or a large baking dish. Spoon the tomato sauce over each stack then bake for just a few minutes to melt the cheese. If you worked fast and your polenta was still really warm, this won't take long.
Top with a smattering of freshly grated parmesan and chopped basil
Many thanks to Soup Solutions for this awesome recipe!