"Without knowing his secrets, could we re-create a seasoned veteran’s unique Italian American dish of smooth, creamy, but light polenta in a simple red sauce?"
"We developed this recipe using Quaker Yellow Corn Meal for its desirable texture and relatively short cooking time. We recommend you use the same product for this recipe. The timing may be different for other types of cornmeal, so be sure to cook the polenta until it is thickened and tender. Whole milk can be substituted for the half-and-half. Plan ahead: The polenta needs to be cooled for at least 3 hours before being cut, baked, and served."
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FOR THE POLENTA: Lightly grease 8-inch square baking pan. Heat butter and oil in Dutch oven over medium heat until butter is melted. Add garlic and cook until lightly golden, about 4 minutes. Discard garlic.
Add water, salt, and pepper to butter mixture. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil. Add cornmeal in slow, steady stream, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, whisking frequently and scraping sides and bottom of pot, until mixture is thick and cornmeal is tender, about 20 minutes.
Off heat, whisk in Pecorino and half-and-half. Transfer to prepared pan and let cool completely on wire rack. Once cooled, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 3 hours.
FOR THE RED SAUCE: Process tomatoes and their juice in blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large saucepan over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, cut side down, and cook without moving until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add pureed tomatoes, tomato sauce, Pecorino, sugar, salt, garlic powder, and remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until sauce is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat, discard onion, cover, and keep warm.
Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then grease parchment. Cut chilled polenta into 6 equal pieces (about 4 by 2 2/3 inches each). Place on prepared sheet and bake until heated through and beginning to brown on bottom, about 30 minutes. Serve each portion covered with about 1/2 cup red sauce.
"INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT: CORNMEAL
Shopping for cornmeal can be confusing. Should you get the stuff labeled “cornmeal,” “yellow grits,” or “corn semolina”? A better approach is to focus on whether the product is “instant” (or “quick-cooking”) versus traditional (the former is often bland). For this recipe, we like to use traditional Quaker Yellow Corn Meal."
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|Serving Size: 1 (605g)|
|Recipe Makes: 6 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 204 (45%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 22.7g||30 %|
|Saturated Fat 10.1g||50 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 9.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.1g|
|Cholesterol 37.7mg||12 %|
|Sodium 1574.2mg||54 %|
|Potassium 506.5mg||13 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 51.6g||15 %|
|Dietary Fiber 5.8g||23 %|
|Sugars, other 45.7g|
|Protein 13.6g||19 %|
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Calories per serving: 452
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