Tuesday, December 14, 2010


It's getting colder outside now so one evening recently I decided to turn to the comfort food that is the "gold" of Northern Italy, polenta.  This is another recipe which I've adapted from the Conad chain's November Bene Insieme magazine. The recipe uses dried beans but, as I don't care for them, I used fresh, green ones:

First blanch or microwave 200 gr fresh, green beans, cut into pieces, until just tender.  Set aside while you cook around 100 gr chopped lardo [Italian white bacon] a chopped onion, 2 chopped cloves of garlic and a handful of chopped parsley in 2 tablesp olive oil.  When the onion becomes transparent, add a can of chopped tomatoes and the beans and mix everything well. Remove from the heat.  Bring 1.5 litres salted water to the boil and add 500 gr instant polenta in a constant stream. Immediately start mixing like mad for the amount of time indicated on the packet. Then add about 200 gr grated parmesan and continue to mix off the heat.  Add the bean mixture too, then tip the lot into an oiled dish.  Leave for a few minutes before cutting into slices to serve. You can also serve this cold.

Buon appetito.


Gledwood said...

That looks like v tasty sofa stuffing. With red and green peppers!!

Gledwood said...

I can't even see peppers in the recipe... or is my attention span just too fractured... I don't know.

Thanks for your messages. I was a bit "not in my right mind" not too long ago. I really wanted to kidnap Simi at one point, I can't remember if I told you. I could really have done with Simi here to sit on my knee and be golden and furry and Calm

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James Higham said...

What's your concept of "colder" down there, Welshcakes?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, Gleds. There are no peppers in it. What you can see are beans and tomatoes. I know you've been having a tough time and have been thinking of you. But Simi stays with me! Grazie a te, WW. Anything under 20 C, James.


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