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:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

This looks like comfort food to the max!

In and Around Town said...

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

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

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

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

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

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

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

Michelle Collins said...

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

Claire Davis said...

That sounds delicious, will have to try it soon.

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Shannon said...

ooh, baking polenta seems like a great idea!!

Elizabeth said...

Mmm, I do love polenta

Megan said...

This looks so rich, gooey, and amazing!

Meghan said...

This looks DELICIOUS!

Natalie Atick said...

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

Tracey said...

omg that looks so good! I love bechamel!

Sacha said...

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

Ameena said...

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!

Corinne said...

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!