Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Baked Polenta w| Tarragon Bechamel

There's something about stirring a huge pot of Polenta, as I recently learned when cooking it for the first time, that is both relaxing and intense. A singular motion is as simple as it gets, but lumps form quickly and you have to stir firmly and often. It's pretty straightforward then, to form the cooked polenta into a baking pan and layer it with a mixture of garlicky sauteed mushrooms, onions and spinach that have been seasoned with lemon zest and hot pepper flakes. A creamy tarragon bechamel gets poured over top before the outer layer of polenta can be squished firmly (or messily, as my pictures would prove) into place. A fresh grated cheese blend of assiago and sharp cheddar tops off the dish, melting until gooey and crisping until golden brown for 30 minutes in the oven. I adapted this recipe from Herbivoracious, you can buy the cookbook here or find other awesome polenta recipes on author Michael Natkin's blog here.

17 comments:

  1. This looks amazing for the rainy nights we have been having! Delicious!!

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  2. Wow, I would love to dig into this right now. Looks amazing!

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  3. Oh wow this dish sounds heavenly and perfect for the rainy weather today!

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  4. Oh wow this dish sounds heavenly and perfect for the rainy weather today!

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  5. I adore polenta. And I need to buy this cookbook!

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  6. That sounds delicious, will have to try it soon.

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    Have a great week.

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    (Sweden)

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  8. ooh, baking polenta seems like a great idea!!

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  9. This looks so rich, gooey, and amazing!

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  10. Omg, did you eat the whole thing? I would have lol love b├ęchamel sauce

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  11. omg that looks so good! I love bechamel!

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  12. Oh, my. That's all I can come up with. It looks so good!

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  13. I haven't had a lot of luck cooking polenta before. But who am I kidding? I haven't had a lot of luck cooking in general. :)

    Looks delicious!

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  14. I don't think I have ever had Polenta, and defintely never made it! What is it like? Risotto? The texture looks like mushy corn bread (thats a positive comment). I must have it now!

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