Welcome to Polentadome.
Two men enter, one man leave
No, just kidding. More like the battle between cook and cornmeal!
I got ambitious, and attempted to make Moosewood's Polenta Dome.
It didn't sound like it would be too big a deal. Oh, what a puny mortal I am!
Start out with some chopped onion, and garlic, as well as finely chopped sage and grated butternut squash.
Saute the garlic and onions till caramelized...
Meanwhile, cook the polenta in some broth; I used homemade veggie broth. (Funny, the silly book has you stirring the polenta WHILE peeling, seeding and grading the squash. Huh?)
I just love multi-tasking, don't you? (Look closely and you'll see the hideous paneling our kitchen was covered in. We haven't been able to get to the bit behind the counters yet...worst case scenario, we put up black and white tiles as a backsplash. Anything but that icky fake wood!)
Add squash and sage to onions, and cook for just a few minutes.
When polenta is ready, add veggies. If you want, add about a cup of sharp cheese (I went with a fabulous Irish cheddar.)
When properly mixed, pour it all into a well-oiled bowl. Leave till set.
Carefully unmold onto a baking sheet, and bake till crispy.
Ok...so, everything sounds good, right?
It went in a dome, but came out?
a polenta pancake.
Oh, well...better luck next time.