I’ve made this successfully with home-made and with pre-made polenta before. The former was unsurprisingly the best but I certainly wouldn’t turn my nose up at the latter on a cold, wet February day.
Polenta al Forno
(serves 2 with salad)
200g home-made or pre-made set polenta, cut into 1 cm thick slices or circles
1 clove of garlic, crushed
200ml passata or home-made tomato sauce
Handful grated mozzarella
Handful grated parmesan
- Wash the spinach then add (wet) to a hot pan. Cover and shake over the heat until the spinach has completely wilted. Drain and squeeze all of the moisture out of the spinach. Chop roughly.
- Add a drizzle of olive oil or butter to the hot pan along with the garlic and chopped spinach. Cook over a med-high heat for a minute or so to cook through the garlic and dry out the spinach thoroughly. Remove from the heat.
- In a shallow oven proof dish, add a layer of polenta followed by the spinach then the tomato sauce and the mozzarella. Add one more layer of polenta and top with the parmesan and a sprinkling of pepper.
- Bake in a 190 oC oven for 40 minutes until golden and bubbling.
This looks delicious! Bookmarked!
Polenta is very popular in Dalmatia, too. Try polenta with yoghurt for a very simple but refreshing meal.
Most commonly, we have it as an accompaniment to a fish stew. Now that you’ve reminded me, I’ll have to make it soon!
I have never really fancied polenta, but I am seeing it in a whole new light now. I wouldn’t mind trying this.
Mmm, that does look good.
Hi Wendy, good to have discovered your blog and good to see someone elese from Scotland blogging in an area close to my heart:) r.
I love polenta served in many ways–this is a new one for me.
Thank you for sharing this – I’ve never tried polenta (or knew what it was, really!), but I would eat this in a heartbeat! 🙂
I’ve never cooked polenta but this sounds easy and delicious. There’s not much I wouldn’t say no to on a cold February day…
just want you need in the heart of winter – ever since I have been making polenta in the microwave I find it so easy to whip up – must try it with sylvia
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