Polenta with Lots of Stuff

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This what-do-we-have-in-the-fridge special turned out really well. Most especially, we would never have thought to add avocado on top of a polenta, but if we had waited another day, the avocado would have gone to waste, so we chucked it on top. Happy accident. This dish should really be called Polenta with Veggie Turkey, Squash, Garlic Scapes, Avocado, and Ricotta Salata, but since that’s a bit unwieldy, let’s call it:

Polenta alla Refrigerator
2 cup corn meal
1 package veggie ground turkey
2 patty pan squashes, cubed
3 or 4 garlic scapes, chopped
1 1 avocado, cubed
ricotta salata, cubed
1 Tbsp butter or margarine
olive oil
1 Tbsp cumin
crushed red pepper
salt and pepper

1. Use the corn meal to make polenta (sorta like this, but mine didn’t take nearly 20 minutes). I added butter and salt for a richer polenta – you could also use a little cheese, but not the ricotta salata – it won’t melt.

2. In a skillet, sautee the squash and scapes in some olive oil, adding the cumin, red pepper, salt and pepper to taste. After they start to brown, add in the veggie turkey, mixing it all thoroughly.

3. Serve the turkey mixure over the polenta, topping with cubes of avocado and cheese. Easy.


5 Comments on “Polenta with Lots of Stuff”

  1. Cate says:

    I make fried rice alla refrigerator all the time! I wasn’t a huge fan of polenta the first time I tried it, but maybe I should give it another shot because it would be nice to have something other than rice as a go-to for leftovers.

  2. tinaspins says:

    Hey Cate, have you tried using couscous, quinoa, millet or bulgar as replacements for rice? All good and most cook even quicker than rice!

    • eric says:

      i think polenta might be sort of an “acquired taste” because it’s unusual compared to more common starches like pasta and rice, which are more bland. give it another try, cate🙂

  3. Lois says:

    I was born in southern Africa, where cornmeal porridge is a staple. There it is often eaten with greens (grown or foraged), tomatoes and onions with a little oil. Yummy, healthy and cheap!

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