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fun things to do with leftover polenta.

steve h. Mar 30, 2008 04:56 PM

i had leftover skirt steak and leftover polenta today. i heated the skirt steak in a covered, ceramic vessel in a 350 oven for 20 minutes or so. pretty typical. more fun was slicing the leftover polenta into strips a quarter-inch thick, smothering them top and bottom with evoo and broiling them for 20 minutes or so. i heard this technique on tv. i assume it's pretty common. just never tried it myself. mercy. the gorgonzola polenta came out golden brown, puffed, crispy and mighty tasty.

how do you guys deal with leftover polenta? really anxious to learn new techniques.

thanks in advance.

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    soupkitten Apr 4, 2008 06:28 PM

    chill, slice into wedges/shapes and grill over wood fire (well-greased grill), top with grilled seasonal garden vegetables & sea salt. maybe a fresh goat/sheep cheese crumbled on top. yeah, boys, it doesn't get much better than this.

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      houdini Apr 2, 2008 06:42 PM

      The Romanians call this mamaliga. And if you google it, you'll find a load of variations. I like to fry it in butter until crisp and serve it with maple syrup.

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        pigtails Apr 2, 2008 01:12 PM

        i try to keep cheese out of the leftovers, but i sometimes do put whole kernels of corn and salt and pepper and butter in the leftovers. the next day, i slice, fry, and eat with maple syrup for breakfast.
        YUM.

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        1. re: pigtails
          cayjohan Apr 2, 2008 02:15 PM

          pigtails, I second your 'YUM!" Sounds delicious. Real maple syrup, I am assuming.

          I think I may keep the cheese out of a half-batch of polenta and do this. It's like my mom's fried cornmeal mush, but with the oomph of seasoning and texture.

          Again - yum!
          Cay

        2. scuzzo Mar 31, 2008 09:51 PM

          How could I have forgotten this... Layer polenta with sauce, sausage, cheese and autumn veggies into a "lasagna" and bake. Had this at California Cafe at the Mall of America. It was very good.

          1. farmersdaughter Mar 31, 2008 02:19 PM

            Fry leftover polenta cubes to use in lieu of croutons in a salad.

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            1. re: farmersdaughter
              starlady Mar 31, 2008 02:29 PM

              Took the words right out of my mouth!
              A place near where I surf in the summer serves "Pol Fries" with a spicy ceasar dressing. Which inspired me to cut them into smaller bits fry and use on salad with my own ceasar dressing :)

              1. re: starlady
                fmed Mar 31, 2008 10:50 PM

                >> A place near where I surf in the summer serves "Pol Fries"

                Polenta Fries at SoBo in Tofino, BC.? Yum! They use cheese (parm-reg?) in theirs, IIRC.

                1. re: fmed
                  starlady Apr 4, 2008 06:20 PM

                  Hell yes it's SoBo! And I do believe you are correct on the cheese addition

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              Lenox637 Mar 31, 2008 11:41 AM

              My favorite is slices of polenta overlapped slightly on a cookie sheet with wedges of Taleggio cheese EVOO gray salt and a bit of cracked pepper in a 350 oven until Taleggio is runny and gooey.

              1. toodie jane Mar 31, 2008 09:22 AM

                RR made polenta cups in cupcake pans, topped each cup with a raw egg and baked it. napped with sauce and some chopped sausage and cheese for a buffet item. IIRC

                sounds good.

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                1. re: toodie jane
                  scuzzo Mar 31, 2008 09:49 PM

                  Polenta cups with eggs and saugsage baked together??? I want to marry you. Yikes, awesome concept!

                  1. re: scuzzo
                    toodie jane Apr 2, 2008 11:13 AM

                    No, we both want to marry Rachael Ray :) I wonder if it was her original concept?

                2. scuzzo Mar 31, 2008 03:26 AM

                  Top with fried eggs! That totally rocks.

                  I also make a gravy with mushrooms, chicken and sage to top polenta.

                  1. cayjohan Mar 30, 2008 09:41 PM

                    I tend to like a rather loose polenta, so my leftover strategy is to blob the loose porridge onto a sheet pan and chill them - checking in the chilling to make the blobs into patties. Leave to chill. (Freeze, if you wish.) If frozen, leave overnight. Thawed or new, plop into olive oil at a shimmer and cook to a good crust; flip, and do the same on this side. With Bolognese, delicious, with a mushroom sauce, the same. With lemon zest/juice and (whatever) herbs and a grating of hard cheese, also wonderful. Think in terms of croquettes.

                    Cay

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                    1. re: cayjohan
                      ipsedixit Mar 30, 2008 09:55 PM

                      I do something similar, except I deep fry the polenta patties and eat them with aioli.

                    2. JalamaMama Mar 30, 2008 08:24 PM

                      I try and coincide left over polenta with leftover homemade red sauce...use chunks of polenta, smother in sauce, place smoked gouda slice over polenta, shredded chicken and maybe some other shredded cheese - bake. Finished with fresh cilantro= YUM!

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                        chez cherie Mar 30, 2008 05:14 PM

                        a delicious salad we had recently at a take out counter was kind of a twist on panzanella, but had cubed polenta (instead of stale bread cubes), chicken and veggies. it was really good and would be great using broiled cubes, as you described in your post.

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                        1. re: chez cherie
                          toodie jane Apr 2, 2008 11:14 AM

                          I love this idea!

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