Perfect Polenta With Roasted Tomato And Balsamic Reduction

Polenta is an ingredient you want to get to know because it is both easy to prepare and versatile. Basic polenta has a ratio of 4 cups water to 1 cup polenta several pinches of salt and a few tablespoons of butter. The steps are quite simple as well. Boil the water, add salt, and slowly whisk in your polenta. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Add butter at the end and mix in. Pour your polenta on a cookie sheet that has been greased or lined with parchment and spread so the polenta is evenly distributed. Allow the polenta to cool until it has solidified.

When the polenta becomes a solid sheet cut into desired portions

While you’re waiting on your polenta set up your accouterments. On my plate I did a nice roasted tomato, balsamic, and pomegranate reduction with a bit of honey. I also brushed the polenta with a little melted butter and fresh ground black pepper. In the oven get it popping on nice cast iron and topped with shaved or grated parmesan cheese. About 15 minutes or so pull it out of the oven and top with the awesome roasted tomatoes or whatever you decide.

The polenta is a nice base that allows your ingredients to be a star.

Like the way, a frame elevates the painting. When you allow your ingredients, to shine and not over entangled in the sheer number of items placed on a dish. I’ve seen more than enough food shows and competitions where the chef gets in the way of their dish. There is a command in the knowledge of the simplicity of the masterpiece.

However you finish this dish you will surely be pleased

Not Just Any Lasagna, A Dish Made With Love

Things that are home made or made from scratch often just taste better. Why do you think that is? Could it be that the reason is love? Fresh pasta is made with just a few ingredients flour, eggs, salt, and a splash of water. Using dry pasta just doesn’t replicate the quality you get with fresh dough. For this lasagna I opted to add fresh mozzarella and a nice meatball.

Fresh pasta dough is worth the effort.
Add a nice meatball
Fill the lasagna with layers of flavor goodness.
Your stomach will thank you!

There is no replication for the love and passion a chef puts into their food. Love and passion can not be substituted. That is why it is important to cook what inspires you.

Sage Food Advice

Sage has more benefits than you can dream up. Photo by Pexels

Sage has 900 different species. There are more ways to use sage than there are ways for Bubba Gump to use shrimp.

Sage salt, sage honey, sage vinegar, sage syrup, sage sugar, sage for pesto, sage chips, sage for pain, sage for tea, sage for roasting, sage for bitters, sage for soap……

The list goes on and on.

Sage has a savory and slightly peppery flavor profile. The flavor does well for roasted meats especially chicken and pork. Sage is great for adding flavor without calories. Sage is complimentary to other herbs so it works well for rubs and marinades.

Sage is highly studied for it’s medical and healing properties. Sage is a stimulant that helps with; fertility, antiseptic, gas, stomach ailments, heartburn, hair care, oral inflammation and many more uses.