Polenta Stacks

The La Honda Country Market has the most convenient form of polenta around…a tube of goodness that doesn’t even have to be refrigerated and can be found on the same aisle where beans and pasta and such reside in the store. I sliced it into eight round spheres and slid them onto a lightly oiled baking pan where they could be topped with just about anything. Pop them into a 350-degree oven for half an hour and your family will be asking for seconds. They also make perfect hors d’oeuvres for parties or a first course for that special dinner. Vegetarian and pulled pork versions are detailed here, but the varieties are endless.

Vegetarian Italian Stack
* 2 Tbsp olive oil or olive oil spray
* 1 package of premade polenta (sliced into rounds)
* 4 ounces mozzarella cheese (sliced into rounds or shredded)
* one medium or two small zucchini (shredded)
* half cup red pasta sauce (or pesto sauce if you prefer)
* 2 ounces shaker Parmesan cheese (or grated Parmesan)
* salt and pepper to taste

Mediterranean Roast Pork Stack
* 2 Tbsp olive oil or olive oil spray
* 1 package of premade polenta (or make it from scratch, but it’s a lengthy process)
* 1 small jar of roasted red peppers (chopped) or roasted red pepper tapenade
* 2 cups roast pork (shredded) Note: you can also use chicken or leftover pot roast
* ½ small red onion (finely diced)
* 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (around 1/2 cup)
* salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat oven to 350°. Lightly grease baking pan with olive oil or olive oil spray.

2. Place slices of polenta onto baking pan leaving half-an-inch between rounds.

3. Stack toppings in the order the ingredients are listed above, split up amongst the eight polenta rounds.

4. Bake for 30 minutes and serve either hot or at room temperature.

To serve, carefully slide these stacks off the baking tray with a spatula and place on a serving platter or on each individual’s small dish. Great to serve when you’re having Tapas (Tapas is a meal of small appetizers prominent in Spain).

About countrymarketcooking

I am blogging about my experiment in sustainable community through cooking in the tiny mountain town of La Honda, California. Each week I'll be buying ingredients for a family-of-four-dinner at our fabulous local La Honda Country Market (which we are so lucky to have). Then I'll blog about it and share my recipes for that meal. Mangia!
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