I was late to the polenta fan train. I don't know how I missed out on this versatile and wondrous food that can go from a creamy, satisfying, spoonable texture to a crispy, crunchy dip-able item with just a few tweaks to the cooking method, but I am definitely making up for lost time!
Cooking the polenta three times in this recipe makes it firm enough to slice like a bread loaf and toast in the oven but it would be just as good in its first stage of cooking right out of the pot with the same topping so don't be held back by the overnight suggestion.
If you are reading the 'brown butter' portion of this post and thinking I have left the health bandwagon then you are the perfect person I want to talk to! In the 1980's there was a massive 'low-fat' craze. With new findings of the health risks of saturated fats the food industry and media simplified the studies and findings into one short message - don't eat fat, any of it. Unfortunately there was a lag time in the follow up and people were not made aware that with the removal of fat from many processed foods, there had been an increase in sugars, salt and fillers as well as the boom of hydrogenated vegetable fat use. Without getting on my soap box too much, I will suffice with saying that many are now realizing that the low-fat era did more harm than good and we are now aware of the importance of moderate amounts of 'good fats' for brain health and the prevention of diseases like Alzheimers. Need a few reasons to convince you to put the margarine down and pick up a block of butter?
The addition of miso to this recipe is a delightful addition (despite the odd blend of mediterranean vegetables with asian flavour!) and makes a wonderful caramelized glaze that enhances the punchy flavours of the veggie trio!
Brown butter polenta with Miso Caramalized Sundried vegetables
People often ask me what my cooking 'style' is and I always struggle to explain it because it is so broad. The best summary is that I will cook anything as long as it is delicious, healthy and wholesome. That means free of chemicals, preservatives, additives, and byproducts. It also means everything in moderation, just because coconut oil is healthy does not mean we should add it to everything! Just because honey is a sugar does not mean we can not have it once in a while! You will not find any dry, bland, cardboard reminiscent food here, healthy can still be crave worthy! There is everything from gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, organic, local, and season recipes here, I hope you find something tempting!