For our wedding reception, we wanted to provide a vegan menu to our guests. Not one complained; they raved about the polenta topped with colorful ratatouille, our version of the classic French stewed vegetable dish. —Kimberly Hammond, Kingwood, Texas
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup minced fresh basil
- 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
- 1 medium green pepper, julienned
- 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- Fresh basil leaves
- In a large heavy saucepan, bring water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle boil; slowly whisk in cornmeal. Cook and stir with a wooden spoon for 15-20 minutes or until polenta is thickened and pulls away cleanly from the sides of the pan. Stir in basil.
- Spread into an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the eggplant, onion and green pepper in 2 tablespoons oil until crisp-tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the tomatoes, olives, oregano, pepper and remaining salt. Cook and stir over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Cut polenta into four squares. In another large skillet, cook polenta in remaining oil in batches for 7-8 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Serve with ratatouille; garnish with basil. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basil Polenta with Ratatouille in Taste of Home February/March 2012, p55
Medium-Bodied Red Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.
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