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What goes well with polenta?

Rheta Jun 27, 2011 09:37 AM

I have some polenta that I am going to brown and then serve topped with sauteed spinach, garlic and tomatoes. What meat would go well with this? I know I can always count on you chowhounders for the greatest suggestions! Thanks!

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    escondido123 Jun 27, 2011 09:40 AM

    Easy and the best, to me, is Italian sausage, hopefully a mix of hot and sweet. I like the polenta bare so I can have different bites that don't always include everything.

    1. monavano Jun 27, 2011 09:42 AM

      Braises of any kind.
      Beef stew
      Chicken cacciatore
      Osso Bucco
      Pork ragu

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        katecm Jun 27, 2011 09:52 AM

        I think those are better for soft polenta. The sausage idea is a nice one, and I'd also recommend a veal chop with a gremolata. Nice and summery.

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          monavano Jun 27, 2011 09:55 AM

          Disagree entirely. Browned polenta will hold up to braising jus.

      2. Phurstluv Jun 27, 2011 10:20 AM

        I just made a mixed Tuscan grill with lemon chicken (whole birds), bratwurst and panzanella salad. I made rosemary polenta, let it firm up in the refrigerator, then cut into triangles and grilled also. Delicious w the chicken & sausage.

        Also, I love doing a mushroom ragout and serving it over a softer polenta w lots of grated cheese.

        1. Phurstluv Jun 27, 2011 10:21 AM

          Here's a pic:

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            Rheta Jun 27, 2011 12:56 PM


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              Phurstluv Jun 27, 2011 01:40 PM

              Thank you : )

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              Matahari22 Jun 28, 2011 05:16 PM

              That looks amazing!

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                Phurstluv Jun 28, 2011 06:02 PM

                Thank you, my Friend.

            3. FoodChic Jun 27, 2011 10:22 AM

              Wine braised short ribs.

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                smtucker Jun 27, 2011 10:24 AM

                What isn't good with polenta? I would grab a flank steak, do the slice to open into a book, take your spinach, garlic, along with some herbs, salt, pepper, pine nuts and perhaps some proscutto, roll it up and tie. Brown the outside of the roll in an oven-worthy pan, and then pop it into the oven. Let rest for a bit before cutting the string and cutting into 2" rounds. Place the sliced meat on top, or just to the side of the polenta, and spoon your tomatoes on top.

                For the tomatoes, I might do a simple tomato jam with some balsamic vinegar.

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                  Rheta Jun 27, 2011 12:57 PM

                  This sounds delish. Thanks!

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                  souvenir Jun 27, 2011 10:25 AM

                  Grilled or sauteed shrimp.

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                    4Snisl Jun 27, 2011 10:32 AM

                    I'd just go with a poached egg!

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                      GarlicFingersOI812 Jun 27, 2011 10:56 AM

                      A good Bolognese sauce always goes well with polenta - at least I think so.

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                        Rheta Jun 27, 2011 12:59 PM

                        Thanks everyone for your wonderful suggestions! As usual, you came through for me!!

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                        shoo bee doo Jun 27, 2011 01:53 PM

                        An authentic Hungarian goulash. The combination appears often on menus in Slovenia, which is located between NE Italy and Hungary.

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                          GarlicFingersOI812 Jun 27, 2011 01:59 PM

                          I could see Goulash on polenta - Yeah, that would also be a winner.

                        2. paulj Jun 27, 2011 02:23 PM

                          You already have a topping in mind, but the other day I served polenta with a sauce made with bacon, cabbage, cooked beans (white), and a bit of tomato sauce. I was roughly following an Italian recipe for cabbage with beans. I thought it worked particularly well.

                          1. chefathome Jun 27, 2011 02:27 PM

                            Have had it with both rabbit and wild boar ragu/ragout - LOVE it. All kinds of rillettes would be delicious with polenta. Braised wild mushrooms.

                            1. ROCKLES Jun 28, 2011 08:39 AM

                              lamb chops with rosemary and balsamic vinaigrette and a side of steamed asparagus!!

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                                TomMeg1970 Jun 28, 2011 12:23 PM

                                Anything cooked in tomato sauce would take advantage of the classic corn/tomato affinity: Shrimp & white beans, pork spare ribs and black-eyed peas, squid, pork belly....

                                Well cooked bitter greens (broccoli rabe, dandelion, kale, etc) are also very nice.

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                                  Matahari22 Jun 28, 2011 05:25 PM

                                  Nowadays, I must have something with a lot of juice, like a stew or braise on top of my polenta, either soft or fried. Left overs from soft polenta, get fried and topped with a nice poached or over easy egg.

                                  The first time I ever tried polenta, it was grilled, and served with sandbar and peppers and it was amazing!

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                                    Matahari22 Jun 28, 2011 05:33 PM

                                    That is supposed to say sausage and peppers. Stupid iPhone autocorrect drives me nuts sometimes.

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                                      pdxgastro Jun 28, 2011 06:04 PM

                                      Sandbar and peppers is pretty humorous. :o)

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                                        Matahari22 Jun 28, 2011 10:48 PM

                                        Thank goodness it wasn't anything seriously embarrassing, this time. You cannot imagine the words this thing throws out sometimes. And it's really bad when you end up sending embarrassing stuff to your parents or your boss. O.0

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