Once I had a lovely older Italian man as a hairdresser. He was amazing. As we molded my hair into some shape, we discussed cooking, fashion and food. Sometimes with a glass of champagne. He gave me this great polenta recipe.
Peter’s Wet Polenta and Tomato Layers
(from my hairdresser)
Make the polenta as described in Making Polenta, but leave a little moist and do not turn out of the pan. Make an Italian tomato sauce, such as this sauce, or this one. Or purchase one from an Italian store or supermarket.
In individual dishes (use some of the smaller terracotta ones from the Italian Shop in the Central Market) layer tomato sauce, then the wet polenta, then more sauce, then parmesan cheese, then polenta, sauce, cheese again.
Serve, or grill to melt the cheese on the top. The layers look spectacular. This could also be made using other sauces such as mushroom sauce etc, and other cheeses such as fresh mozzarella.
This recipe is cross posted with our sister site, A Life (Time) Cooking; it appears here as part of our Retro Recipes series – vegetarian recipes from our first blog from 1995 – 2005.
from the Italian series
- Chick Peas
- Chickpea Keep It Simple Salad
- Haloumi Pizza with Oven Dried Tomatoes
- Hey Hey – Hot Olives! – Warm Olives with Lemon and Spices
- Home Made Tomato Paste
- Marinated Zucchini
- No-Knead Quick Focaccia
- Pane di Prato – a great Italian bread
- Pasta with Soul – how long to cook pasta
- Peperoni in Padella (Peppers in Oil)
- Peppers and Eggplants – Grilled and Oiled