Tuesday, February 9, 2010

stuff it

Usually when you stuff something like peppers, eggplants, mushrooms the grain goes inside, but not for these simple fast and delicious stuffed peppers with polenta.

2 red or yellow bell peppers
12 or so cherry or grape tomatoes
10 Kalamata olives
1 tablespoon capers
2 clove garlic thinly sliced
1 shallot thinly sliced
1/4 cup basil leaves coarsely chopped or ripped
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400ยบ. Cut the peppers in half and cut out the seeds (leave the stem for a better shape). Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, dress with the olive oil and vinegar and divide among the pepper halves. Roast for about 30 minutes until the peppers are tender and a little black around the edges.

3/4 cup cornmeal
2 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
some stinky cheese like Gorgonzola (we used the stracchino that Steven's parents sent us a little while back. it's so good.)
salt and pepper

Bring the water to a boil in a sauce pan and add a little salt. Turn the water down a bit and add the cornmeal while stirring. Continue to cook, stirring often, until the polenta is cooked, thick and lump free, about 20 minutes. When it's ready it'll pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat, add the butter and stir. Add the cheese and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. (do this after you add the cheese b/c the cheese is salty!)

Serve the polenta with a little extra cheese (you might want to skip this if you're using Gorgonzola b/c it's pretty strong) and the peppers on top.


Hip Hip Gin Gin said...

This looks so delicious!!


Your presentation is work of art dear! Mouth watering~
Greetings via Singapore*

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Gorgeous! I'm making these.

Kim said...

Looks fabulous and something I'm definitely going to try. We hope to harvest some peppers from our garden by next month, and polenta is a staple here :-)

Jaime said...

Yummy- I love stuffed peppers. Stuffed eggplant would be delish, I bet :)

Harley Rental Miami said...

The picture had me convinced, and when I read simple and fast on top of that, I just knew I'll be trying these.