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Friday, June 6, 2014

Italian Polenta Bake



We had dinner with Dave's aunt and uncle a few months ago and his aunt made this awesome polenta bake. That was the first time I had tried polenta, but I really liked the dish so Dave and I decided to recreate it at home. A bonus is that polenta is gluten free, it is a great substitute for pasta in recipes.

Ingredients:
-1/2 a log of prepared polenta (we used garlic and basil flavored)
-1 onion, diced
-1 green pepper, diced
-1/2 an eggplant, diced
-1 small yellow squash, diced
-1/2 jar of tomato sauce
-Handful of shredded cheese
-Oil, for frying
Cut the polenta into bite sized pieces.
We made ours into small wedges, you can do whatever you like.
                                       
Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a skillet.
Saute until golden.
Add the polenta and saute for a few minutes.
Pour the onion/polenta mixture into an 8x8.

Saute the green pepper and yellow squash in the same pan.
Add the eggplant also.

Add the vegetables to the 8x8 pan.

Stir in half a jar of marinara sauce.

Top with the shredded cheese.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. 


This recipe was so good that Dave and I split the 8x8 pan for dinner. The flavors just work really well together. The polenta is creamy and a nice substitute for pasta. This recipe is easily adaptable and perfect for a light summer meal. The polenta is filling, but not as heavy as pasta would be in a dish like this.

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