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Lentil Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Recipe Recipe

I'm presenting to you another vegetarian recipe for Meatless Monday. I pan-seared Portobello mushrooms that I stuffed with lentils and various colorful vegetables.

Our family is heading to Europe this summer and I'd like to be able to fit into a bikini this season, so this hearty, yet super-healthy dish will not only satisfy our taste buds but will also help us look trim in a few weeks. 

The recipe is gluten free because we recently found out my mother-in-law is gluten intolerant. I served the mushrooms with pan-fried polenta medallions and garnished the dish with crumbled French feta cheese. 


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Beet Polenta Appetizer Recipe Recipe

Beet Polenta Appetizer Recipe

03.12.14 by Jackie

I love the flavor combination of beets and sage; I've used the same marriage of flavors in soups, pasta dishes and vinaigrettes on multiple occasions. This time, I made a variation of a polenta appetizer and flavored it with this particular pairing. 

The beets gave a regal color to the bite-size portions and I repeated the sage flavor in the cream topping. The corn nugget garnish was my "cherry on top" and was a reminder of the cornmeal used for the polenta. 

You’ve probably noticed over the years that our family hosts a large number of dinner parties. My favorite part is creating new appetizers because it really levels the playing field for me. First I come up with a flavor combination that I know works incredibly well as my basis, then turn it into a miniature, aesthetically pleasing, unique piece of art. You know the saying: you eat with your eyes first! 


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Polenta Stuffing Recipe Recipe

Polenta Stuffing Recipe

11.21.13 by Jackie

I developed this new stuffing recipe when I had leftover polenta croutons I had fried for making salad. The preparation is the same as for bread stuffing. I flavored the polenta stuffing with earthy ingredients such as brown mushrooms, chanterelle mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, red, orange and yellow bell peppers and marinated artichokes. 

This stuffing version is perfect if you have gluten-inloterant guests on Thanksgiving. And you won't be missing bread, either. Also, you could serve it tamale-style in corn husks to keep it warm. 


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Butternut Squash Polenta Appetizers Recipe

If you're putting together a more elegant Thanksgiving meal this year, consider these appetizers. They are a great conversation starter. The appetizers connect familiar holiday ingredients--roasted butternut squash and corn--in a wholly unique way.

The primary ingredient in the appetizer is a mash of butternut squash and fromage blanc. I nested the spread in a roll of grilled zucchini on top of pan-fried polenta medallions. For a nice contrast of texture and color, I garnished the elegant appetizers with honey-roasted nuts and a sprinkling of Italian parsley. 

I'm planning on serving 5 or 6 appetizers on Thanksgiving and will be sharing them as I make them throughout the month.


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Polenta Crouton Salad Recipe Recipe

Polenta Crouton Salad Recipe

09.23.13 by Jackie

This polenta crouton salad was my dear friend Carole's idea. Carole is the editor of PhamFatale.com, and someone recently gave her the title of "Literary Swiffer," which I completely approve of. She always comments on the meals I feature on the website. When I posted polenta fries, Carole suggested another version I hadn't considered. She used to eat at a Mexican restaurant in San Francisco that served polenta croutons in their salad and she told me she could have made a meal on the croutons alone!

To make the dish, cubes of polenta are deep-fried until crisp and tossed with mixed alfalfa sprouts, home-grown Sugar Sweet cherry tomatoes, fresh cubed mango and a bit of cheese. Thanks for the inspiration, Carole! 


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