Saturday, May 5, 2012

Polenta and Peas

Type your summary here. 4 cups water 3 bay leaves 2 sprigs rosemary sea salt 1 cup corn grits 2 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 2 leeks, white and light green parts sliced thin, OR 1/2 cup sliced ramp stems (1/2 inch pieces) and 2 cups chopped ramp leaves (1 inch pieces) 1 cup frozen peas black pepper, freshly ground 3 ounces fresh goat cheese Preparing the polenta: Add the water, bay leaves, rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves and rosemary, raise heat and return to a boil. Slowly pour the corn grits in, whisking as you go. Continue whisking, once mixture is boiling, lower heat and cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until mixture is thick and creamy. To prevent lumps and the mixture sticking to the pot, whisk every couple of minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and additional salt to taste. Cover pot while you cook the peas and leeks. * * * * * * * Preparing the peas and leeks: In a skillet or frying pan, warm remaining tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add leeks and a pinch of salt and sauté for 3 minutes. Stir in the peas and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes or until leaves are wilted and peas are heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon polenta into a serving dish and spoon the peas and leeks over the polenta. Top with crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of olive oil. Serves 2


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