Salad with Fried Polenta Squares and a few cooking tips – Morrisons’ World Food Range review.

Salad with Fried Polenta Squares

London, 08th July 2013 – Morrisons is extending its World Food category and introducing new Mediterranean food and drink including Dina Mediterranean flat breads. I have been asked to visit my local supermarket and review their products.

Morrisons productsI was glad to find my favourite store cupboard essentials: I use Semolina Coarse when cooking pizza or focaccia bread. I sprinkle it over the baking tray before rolling the dough onto the tray. The Semolina prevents the dough from sticking to the baking tray and it also adds a pleasant crunch to the crust texture. I use Semolina Fine to make eggless homemade pasta.

I found potato starch (called Farina) which is often used in Italian baking. I usually replace about 20% of the flour with potato starch. This makes cakes soft and fluffy.

I also bought Cornmeal fine polenta. This type of flour is ideal for preparing a quick-cooking Italian polenta. Traditional slow-cooked polenta (made with no pre-cooked polenta flour) is mainly eaten warm with a topping, while instant polenta tastes better if it is fried, baked or grilled, after simmering. I fried a few pieces and added to a salad (pictured above). This was a delicious light lunch: fresh salad combined with crunchy polenta squares.

Disclosure: I received a voucher from Morrisons to buy the World Food products to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

RECIPE WITH STEP BY STEP PICTURES

INSALATA CON POLENTA FRITTA

(Salad with fried polenta squares)

SERVES 4, PREP 5 MINUTES, COOK 13 MINUTES

Ingredients:

Polenta

  • 500 ml water
  • 500 ml milk
  • ½ tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 250 g cornmeal fine polenta
  • You also need: a baking tin 33X23 cm and extra – virgin olive oil

Salad

  • 100 g salad leaves (I used Lattuga Riccia Lollo Rossa)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 salad onion green tops included
  • dressing: extra – virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, sea salt and fresh herbs, roughly chopped (I used thyme and flat leaf parsley), to taste.

Method:

quick Polenta fried cooking method

Bring the water and milk to a boil in a large saucepan. Add salt and butter.

quick Polenta fried cooking method

Add the Cornmeal Fine Polenta slowly to the saucepan, stir with a balloon whisk until smooth and well mixed (this is very important: if you add the cornmeal too quickly, the polenta becomes lumpy).

quick Polenta fried cooking method
quick Polenta fried cooking method

Lower the heat and continue stirring using a wooden spoon. Cook the polenta for 15 – 20 minutes or until thickened.

quick polenta fried cooking method

Grease a baking tin with extra-virgin olive oil. Pour the warm polenta onto the tray and spread out evenly and obtain a layer 2 cm thick.

quick polenta fried cooking method

Refrigerate the polenta until cooled and firm and then cut the polenta into squares.

quick polenta fried cooking method

Heat a small amount of oil and fry the polenta squares in batches over a medium heat. Cook on each side until crisp and golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes.

quick polenta fried cooking method

Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.

Combine the salad ingredients and toss with the dressing. Serve the salad with the polenta squares scattered on top.

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12 Responses to Salad with Fried Polenta Squares and a few cooking tips – Morrisons’ World Food Range review.

  1. Polenta squares are so delicious, and this salad is perfect :D
    Beautiful!

    Cheers
    CCU

    P.S Because of my exams, I will not be commenting for around 4 weeks – see you afterwards!

  2. petra08 says:

    hi Rita
    I love polenta! I almost never do it myself but you make it look so easy and the fried polenta squares looks so delicious!

  3. Alida says:

    Delicious! I love polenta and I have never had in a salad before. I really like the way you have cooked it and presented it. Take care and enjoy this gorgeous weather :-)

    • Rita says:

      Dear Alida, I AM ENJOYING this gorgeous weather!! I love polenta and I like to find different ways to eat this great Northern Italian traditional dish.

  4. Adri says:

    I love trying new products, don’t you? There is such a wealth of wonderful food items out there, and I enjoy telling my readers about them.

    Your salad is beautiful. With all those different textures and all the bright flavors, I bet it is wonderfully satisfying. Well done!

  5. andreamynard says:

    I haven’t tried cooking with polenta much but this looks tempting Rita. My daughter has enjoyed polenta ‘chips’ inj a restaurant too and I’ve been meaning to try making them – thanks for reminding me I must get round to it!

  6. you have de-mystified polenta for me! I never ate it as a kid, but I’ve always been interested in doing something with it.. Thanks !

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