The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
You can serve it hot and runny right out of the pot, sliced, grilled, pan-seared, and gratinéed. You can roll it into a ball and deep fry it or top it with all kinds of sauces and ragouts. It can be served as breakfast, lunch, dinner OR dessert!
So when I say it’s a gift. I mean it!
Two weeks ago, I had a small get together with a few friends at my place. Just good friends, good drinks, a few games and a lot of yummy finger foods.
One of these dishes was broiled polenta sticks These little sticks were a “love ‘em or hate ‘em” dish (although the hate ‘em people took most issue with the amount of fennel) and were the talked about food of the night.
The best part is that I did most of the dish the night before, so all I had to do before my guests arrived was slice them and broil. I also saved the leftovers so whenever I wanted a snack during the week, I’d just pop one in the toaster oven!
P.S. Polenta is pretty darn healthy too. If you are on a diet like me, this is a good choice for you (Psst…17 Day Diet [link] people, you can make these for Cycle 3!)
Broiled Polenta with Fennel Seeds –adapted from frame by frame Italian
4 c water
1 2/3 c instant cornmeal
2 Tbs butter
½-1* Tbs fennel seeds
2 Tbs finely chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
Olive oil, for brushing