December 7, 2008

Simply Divina- Polenta Gnocchi


Sometimes eating fabulous meals can take 10 minutes and give immense pleasure.
I made a Tuscan Ragu, which we call sugo, the other night. I let it pippare, slowly simmer, while I watched TV, worked on the computer and talked with my hubby.

Last night when we got home from a long day in Florence, I put a pot of water on to boil and took the ragu out of the fridge.

When the water boiled I slowly let a box of "instant" polenta rain into the water, whisking the entire time. Then I lowered the flame and stirred with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes.
Covering the pot, to let it finish cooking on it's own, I reheated some ragu.

This is one of my husbands favorite meals his mom used to make.

To make "gnocchi" di polenta:

Place soup-spoon quenelles of polenta on a heated dinner plate.
Place a spoon of ragu on top of the polenta.
Serve with grated parmesan cheese on top.


This would also be wonderful with a mushroom sauce or mushrooms in the ragu.

True Tuscan comfort food- and Divina!

PS- left-overs today for snack


Left-over polenta solidifies into solid block, easy to slice.
I only had a small amount, enough to make some crostini, small toasts.

I pan-fried them in extra virgin olive oil and topped with ragu. I cut what was left over into smaller pieces and made polenta fries.

One of the restaurants I go to makes longer "french fries" from polenta in the same way.

5 comments:

  1. Delicious! This sounds like comfort food to me, too!

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  2. How delicious that looks and sounds! Making me VERY hungry......

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  3. Sounds fabulous, and I love the suggestion of mushrooms in there (could be b/c that's what we had in our sugo today) ;)

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  4. ahhh i love gnocchi!!!! this type sounds delicious! i hope you have leftovers... i'm coming over for dinner!! ;)

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  5. I adore gnocchi but can no longer eat them because of a gluten intolerance....but this is spectacular! I love polenta and I can have all I want...this is going on my next shopping list! Thanks so much -love your blog!

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