Recipe: Peter’s Wet Polenta and Tomato Layers


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.

Please browse all of our Polenta recipes here and here. Our Italian recipes can be explored here and here. Or simply visit our Early Spring recipes and explore.

Peter's Layered Polenta and Tomatoes

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






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