Mediterranean Kale Polenta
This mix combines polenta with the hearty flavor of kale with Calabrian chiles, red bell pepper, and roasted garlic. It comes in an easy-to-make, convenient and instant format.
Bring 4 cups water or stock to boil. Very slowly whisk in 1 cup polenta. Whisk while simmering for 3 minutes, until very thick. To make polenta cakes, pour in greased loaf pan, and chill 2 hours. Slice and prepare as desired.
Storage & handling
Store in a cool, dry place.
Corn meal, Parmesan cheese buds (Maltodextrin, whey solids, natural parmesan cheese flavor, salt), Salt, Tomato, Kale, Red bell pepper, Contains 2% or less of Garlic, Spices, Leek, Natural flavor. Contains Milk.
Fine Instant Polenta is pre-cooked, finely ground yellow cornmeal that requires significantly less cooking time than traditional polenta. In Italian cooking, polenta is typically prepared as a mush or porridge. Polenta is a hearty, comforting, extremely versatile Italian-style accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes. What's more, since it is simply made from finely ground corn, it is naturally gluten-free.
In Italy, corn is most often served as polenta, a staple dish in Northern Italy (and formerly throughout Italy, until pasta unseated it in the 20th century), where it was regarded as peasant food for centuries. Polenta can carry many different flavors, and as such, offers endless options for variation. It can also be made with either white or yellow corn, and can be ground coarse or fine.
In Italy, polenta with ragu is traditionally served directly on wooden planks, rather than in a bowl or on a plate, harkening back to a time before dishware, when polenta was poured directly onto a well-scrubbed tabletop. This ancient rustic style is called "polenta spianatora," or "polenta spread flat." Putting the polenta in the center of the table meant that those with the longest arms (the adults) reached the best parts of the ragu first. The wooden plank presentation style is still used almost exclusively throughout Italy.
Our Fine Instant Polenta is ready to cook whenever you are. It's an extremely adaptable base for any number of dishes, but it pairs especially well with other hearty foods and bold flavors. Top a creamy mound of polenta with roasted or stewed meats (osso bucco is a natural match) or a traditional ragu made with Italian sausage. Or pour cooked polenta into a greased mold and refrigerate until firm, then slice and grill, sauté or fry for added texture.
Polenta is a nutritious dish, offering an excellent source of iron and a good source of vitamin A and potassium, along with dietary fiber.
Mediterranean Kale Polenta is a flavorful blend of ingredients that go well with a wide variety of protein or vegetable dishes. The kale adds a hearty bitter green flavor while the Calabrian chile and red bell pepper adds sweetness and kick. Use our Mediterranean Kale Polenta in a multitude of ways, including as a side for herb-roasted chicken, topped with sautéed vegetables, or as part of an Italian-inspired meal.
This quick version of a classic Northern Italian dish uses Italian sausage and our quick-cooking Mediterranean Kale Polenta to significantly reduce cook time. Calabrian chiles, roasted garlic and red bell pepper give this dish its wonderfully fragrant flavor and a punch of spicy heat.