Roasted Tomatoes with Polenta & Spinach

Roasted Tomatoes with Polenta & Spinach

I really love going over to other people’s houses for dinner because I usually find new tips & tricks from other people’s cooking repertoires. A few years ago I sat in my neighbor’s kitchen, drinking a gin & tonic and watched her fry up polenta rounds to accompany roasted meat & vegetables for dinner. It never occurred to me to buy pre-made polenta and fry up rounds as a starchy side. I saved that one to the memory bank….

Ingredients

  • Now, I’m no stranger to polenta. I make breakfast polenta from scratch on special occasions at home. And when we were growing up, my paternal Italian grandparents used to have a polenta party once a year. My grandma would pour a huge pot of creamy polenta on top of a wooden board the size of our table, top it with marinara, meatballs, sausage & fresh parmesan. We’d all sit around the table with forks & spoons and eat directly off that polenta board.  It was the real deal, but it was also an ALLLLLLL DAY EVENT. We don’t always have time for polenta parties (although I wish we did!).
  • With this simple dish, I grabbed a log of Organic Polenta from Trader Joe’s that I had tucked in our pantry and fried up sliced rounds. I topped the polenta with roasted tomatoes, basil & Parmesan and threw in a side of sauteed spinach because I wanted GREENS.  If I had planned ahead, I would have added grilled some sausage to the side but alas, I didn’t.  If you’ve got extra time, make some polenta but if you don’t, there’s always a log of polenta waiting for you at the grocery store…
  • Roasted Tomatoes with Polenta & Spinach
  • 6 oz. fresh spinach leaves
  • 2-3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 18 oz. package store bought polenta(cut into 1/4 inch rounds)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup basil, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • salt & pepper
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in 8 inch skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté a sliced clove of garlic until slightly golden. Add a few handfuls of fresh spinach with a pinch of red pepper flakes and cook until wilted. Continue adding spinach until all is wilted & cooked down. Season with salt & pepper and transfer to a bowl.
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