Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Recipe of the Week

In the winter, it's especially hard
for me to eat healthy. Sometimes the
dishes that are really good for you
can be a little on the light side
and when it gets cold out, I only want
cream sauce, heavy pastas, cheese, bacon,
butter etc.

Maybe it's some subconscious primitive
part of me that's trying to accumulate
a nice layer of hibernation fat?
Or maybe I'm just a sucker for rich foods?
Who knows.

Polenta has been one of those indulgences lately.
(It can be done in a healthy way,
by foregoing the butter and cream-
but who wants to miss out on that!?)
I picked some up from the greenmarket
and have been making it for breakfast.
Yes, I said breakfast.

The bf and I have had it a couple different ways

* avec Blueberries, Pecans and Maple Syrup (pictured above)
* Poached Egg, Diced Bacon, and Parmesan
* Poached Egg, Parmesan, and Hot Sauce

All you need is this basic polenta recipe and you can go from there
and get creative with the toppings.


*5c water
*1c Polenta (not the instant kind)

*1 tbsp salted butter(optional)
*2 tbsp heavy cream (optional)

Bring the 5c of water to a boil in a large pot, pour the polenta
into the water in an even stream while constantly whisking.
Once the polenta is incorporated lower the heat to medium
and let thicken, stirring occasionally.
Let it cook for 7-10 minutes (depending on the polenta)
or until it reaches your desired thickness.
Remove from heat and either serve immediately or let it
solidify a little before serving.

(After removing from the heat you have the option of adding
1 tbsp of salted butter and 2 tbsp of heavy cream. I usually add
these ingredients as they tend to add an extra something to the dish.
But feel free to omit them)

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