Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Polenta with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic on a Bed of Spinach

Tomatoes. You know what that means - Jon must not be home for dinner tonight!

I had a package of polenta from Trader Joe's that I wanted to use (another thing Jon won't eat), so I made polenta topped with roasted tomatoes and garlic and put it on a bed of sauteed spinach

Roasting the Tomatoes
I quartered 2 tomatoes and put them in a baking dish with a few cloves of garlic, salt, and some olive oil. I roasted them in the oven on 400 for 15-20 minutes then removed the skins.

Putting it all together
I sliced my polenta into 1.5 inch thick pieces and placed them in a baking dish. I then topped each piece with some of the chopped, roasted tomatoes and garlic. I sprinkled each one with some Parmesan cheese and drizzled them with some oil left in the pan from the tomatoes. They went in the oven on 350 for about 5 minutes until heated through.

In the meantime I sauteed some spinach in olive oil just enough to wilt it - about 2 minutes. When the polenta was done I put a slice on top of the spinach. They were almost too pretty to eat!

If you make your own polenta, transfer it to a flat baking dish once it's done. Let it cool and then use any shape/size cookie cutter to remove pieces.

I think these would be a great appetizer for a dinner party. I'd plate each one as I did tonight, and then I'd drizzle some olive oil from the tomatoes around each plate.

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  1. I don't think I've ever had polenta - I'm missing out! You always have such bright, colorful meals! :)

  2. this looks so fancy and delicious! i've never had polenta but this really makes me want to try it!

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  3. Hey M.E., this looks so good, I'm coming over for lunch, and
    Grandmom would be so proud that you perfected her potato salad. Keep on cooking. Love, Momma