Saturday, December 24, 2011
So as my husband was getting ready to sit down to THE game, Jets vs Giants, I made him a "game day lunch." I had purchased a polenta log from Trader Joe's because I was really curious about working with it. I know, it's better to make your own fresh polenta, but I really wanted to try this.
I tried searching for recipes using the log, or even just general polenta recipes, but I couldn't find many that used polenta in creative ways. So I decided to do something simple - little pizzas. Also very game day-ish.
So I sliced up the polenta and dipped it into some olive oil that had been mixed with garlic powder, Italian seasoning and a little paprika. Then I grilled it for a few minutes on each side.
Once I felt the flavors were soaked in, I transferred the polenta wheels to a baking tray and topped them with turkey pepperoni, sauce and cheese.
Once cooked for about 10 minutes in the oven, it was ready to eat! I gave my husband his plate first as I made mine and I heard "this is really good," coming from our kitchen table before I even sat down. So I guess it was a success!
It was a lighter lunch, so these can definitely be made and served as a snack for the game, but it packed a lot of flavor.
So here is a run down of the ingredients and the steps - this is just something I threw together, I didn't follow any recipe.
One polenta log from Trader Joe's
Hormel turkey pepperoni, chopped
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Slice the log into pieces, no more than 1/2" thick.
Mix the garlic powder, paprika (just a pinch) and Italian seasonings together and then pour some olive oil into the bowl. Stir until well combined.
Dip each polenta slice into the oil mixture and place on a grill pan. Grill on each side on medium heat for a few minutes.
Transfer polenta slices to a baking sheet and top with pepperoni, sauce and cheese.
Bake until cheese is melted.
Hope everyone has a happy holiday! I am not sure if this will be the last week of game day snacks, or if I will make one for week 17. It this is the last, it's been fun. Hopefully I have time to do this next season with a little baby in the house!
I'll try to have some Superbowl snacks up though!