I always have a least two of these in my pantry at all times. I use to be a bit snobbish about pre cooked polenta and only made meals with freshly made Polenta at home, but these little tubes have opened up a whole new world for me, and I love love love them now!
Other then being fast and easy, they make for new dishes, which I love. The best use for them so far while here in Maui, is grilling them! Yes. Grilling. Them.
Sliced, brushed lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper, and slapped on the grill is fast and easy. Cutting them into half inch to an inch round makes them sturdy enough to handle the grilling and the smokey flavor adds a lovely dimension to them. I have served them under fried eggs for breakfast, under my Garlic Cilantro Black Beans, and soon, I will be making them into a make shift sandwich or stack, with grilled tomatoes, fried eggs and cheese. Doesn’t that sound heavenly?
More then anything its the structure of the pre-cooked Polenta that lends itself to imaginative uses. I am having a lot of fun with it, and its now a must have in the pantry.