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    Baked Stuffed Polenta (Polenta Al Forno)

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    Total Time:

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    1 hrs 20 mins

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    twissis's Note:

    This recipe from the *Italian Cookbook 2* of the Australian Womens Weekly cookbook series admittedly requires extra work, but makes up for it w/a company-worthy outcome that is visually stunning as a main-dish when served w/an Italian salad + garlic bread. The polenta is stuffed w/salami, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives & cheese. It has 2 cooking steps, but all the prep is done in advance of the final cooking step in the oven. I have not made this recipe yet, but did simplify the recipe & prep. I am hopeful that someone among you will be open to an adventure & give it a try. Pls see my notes Re pan sizes + a 2nd stuffing option at the end of the prep. (This recipe serves 6 as a main-dish or 8 generously as a side-dish. Time does not include chilling the polenta under refrigeration for several hrs or overnite). *Enjoy* !

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 6

    Yield:

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      In a lrg saucepan, bring chicken stock to a boil & gradually whisk in the polenta. Reduce heat to simmer & cook 15 min or till very thick (while continuing to stir).
    2. 2
      Remove pan from heat & stir in butter, 1st measure of Parmesan cheese + parsley.
    3. 3
      Allow to cool slightly. Then press polenta mixture into an oiled 8 x 12-in lamington pan (See notes). Cool to rm temp & refrigerate several hrs (or overnite) till firm.
    4. 4
      Turn polenta out of pan, slice horizontally in half, return bottom half to pan & set top half aside.
    5. 5
      Evenly distribute sliced salami over the half in the pan, overlapping as necessary. Then evenly distribute the chopped tomatoes & black olives over the salami slices.
    6. 6
      Combine Mozzarella cheese, 2nd measure of Parmesan cheese & fresh basil. Spread half of this mixture over the layered salami, tomatoes & black olives.
    7. 7
      Gentle place top half of polenta over the layered ingredients & sprinkle it w/the 2nd half of the cheese & basil mixture.
    8. 8
      Bake in a hot oven (400°F) about 30 min or till heated thru. The top should be lightly browned & crisp, so place under broiler as needed. Allow to cool slightly & serve immediately.
    9. 9
      NOTES RE PAN SIZE: I do not have a lamington pan or a pan 8 x 12-in size. If made in one, the dish would be cut into 6 4x4-in square servings. I do have a 10-in rd glass baking dish that would be equal in size to the pan suggested. In this event, the dish would be cut in 6 wedge-shaped servings.
    10. 10
      2nd STUFFING OPTION: As an 2nd option if you prefer, use thinly sliced prosciutto as a sub for the salami & keep all else the same.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 27, 2014

      55

      Just wonderful. I probably should have read the nutritional information before I scarfed down so much, but it was delicious. Let me just say that I did not make polenta from scratch, but rather, looked for a recipe in which I could use up a tube of pre-packaged polenta. I sliced it up thinly, used maybe half the salami, and assembled the rest as directed (though I sprinkled on dried basil, since I didn't have fresh basil). Very simple and flavorful.

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    • on May 06, 2009

      55

      I prepared this last night for dinner and it is wonderful. I did lightly saute one finely chopped onion and two crushed garlic cloves befroe adding the chicken stock to make the polenta and I did the Polenta in two batches to eliminate the wait time and it was truly excelent. I would serve this dish to company anytime. Thank you twissis, this is a keeper.

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    • on March 23, 2009

      55

      WOW. This was amazing. The sharp and salty flavor of the salami tasted so good with the mildness of the polenta. It's possible to cook this dish all at once without the extra step of cooling and cutting. Just make two pots of polenta at once, half size each. Spread one batch in the baking pan and sprinkle the filling over it (the polenta should be hard enough that the filling will stay on top) Then spread the rest of the polenta on top. Thank you so much for a great recipe, I will make it again for sure!

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    Nutritional Facts for Baked Stuffed Polenta (Polenta Al Forno)

    Serving Size: 1 (519 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 743.2
     
    Calories from Fat 412
    55%
    Total Fat 45.8 g
    70%
    Saturated Fat 21.8 g
    109%
    Cholesterol 133.1 mg
    44%
    Sodium 2214.9 mg
    92%
    Total Carbohydrate 47.4 g
    15%
    Dietary Fiber 3.5 g
    14%
    Sugars 8.0 g
    32%
    Protein 36.0 g
    72%

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