Cheesy polenta with tomato and basil sauce
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Cheesy polenta with tomato and basil sauce
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Last updated 6/12/2012 1:13:10 AM. Recipe ID 41467. Report a problem with this recipe.
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      Title: Cheesy polenta with tomato and basil sauce
 Categories: Cheese, Italian, Main course, Prepare ahe, Pulses & gr
      Yield: 6 Servings
      1 tb Vegetable oil; plus extra
           Salt and freshly ground
           -black pepper
    225 g  Polenta
      4 tb Chopped fresh herbs; eg
           -oregano, chives and
           -flat-leafed parsley
    100 g  Freshly grated Parmesan
      3    Garlic cloves
    500 g  Carton creamed tomatoes or
      1    Bay leaf
           Sprig fresh thyme
           Caster sugar
      3 tb Chopped fresh basil; plus
           -extra garnish
           Fresh Parmesan shavings; to
  1. Lightly oil a 26x16.5cm (10x6 1/2 in) dish. In a large pan, bring
  1.1 litres/ 2 pints water to the boil. Sprinkle in the polenta,
  whisking constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently for
  10-15 minutes or until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  2. Stir in the herbs and Parmesan and season to taste. Turn into the
  prepared dish and leave to cool.
  3. Next, make the Tomato & Basil sauce. Crush the garlic, heat 1 tbsp
  oil in a pan and fry garlic for 30 secs (do not brown). Add creamed
  tomatoes, bay leaf, thyme and a large pinch of sugar. Season with
  salt and pepper, bring to boil and simmer, uncovered, for 5-10
  minutes. Remove bay leaf and thyme sprig and add chopped basil.
  4. To serve, cut the polenta into pieces and lightly brush with oil.
  Preheat a griddle pan and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or grill
  under a preheated grill for 7-8 minutes on each side. Serve with
  Tomato & Basil sauce, fresh Parmesan shavings and chopped basil
  To prepare ahead: Complete to the end of step 3. Cover and chill
  separately for up to two days. To use: Complete the recipe.
  NOTES : A popular staple in northern Italy, polenta is now widely
  available in supermarkets. Itís bland by itself, but add plenty of
  fresh herbs and a little Parmesan, serve with a rich tomato sauce and
  the result is delicious. Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus chilling
  Cooking time: 45 minutes Suitable for vegetarians.
      275    cals per serving Recipe 

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Recipe ID 41467 (Apr 03, 2005)

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