Roasted Garlic Polenta “Mash” with Herbs and Mascarpone

Roasted Garlic Polenta “Mash” with Herbs and Mascarpone

Using a medium-coarsely ground cornmeal for this dish leaves some texture in the polenta while getting it as close to the consistency of soft, fluffy mashed potatoes as possible. (If using a more coarsely ground meal, increase both the cooking time and quantity of stock accordingly.)

 

What You Will Need

  • Small Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Medium Roasting Pan
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Medium Saucepan
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 1 medium head of garlic (1¾ oz.)
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 cup cornmeal (ground to a medium coarseness)
  • 1⁄4 cup (2 oz.) mascarpone
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. fresh sage, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1⁄2 tsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Drizzle the whole garlic head with olive oil and wrap it tightly in a sheet of foil. Roast for until the cloves are very soft and fragrant, 30–35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool at room temperature.
  2. Once the garlic is cool enough to handle, separate each clove from the head. Peel and discard the skins. Transfer the cloves to a small bowl, mash them well with a fork, and set it aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, bring the stock to a boil. Slowly pour the cornmeal into the boiling stock, whisking constantly. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook, whisking continuously until the polenta starts to thicken slightly, 2–3 minutes. Cover the pot and continue cooking, stirring every 5 minutes and scraping the bottom well to ensure that the polenta does not clump, until the polenta is creamy and lightly bubbling, but still falls off the spoon in ribbons, about 30 minutes. Stir in the mashed garlic, salt, pepper, butter and mascarpone. Continue cooking, while stirring, just until the butter and mascarpone are completely melted and the garlic is incorporated, about 5 minutes more. Taste and adjust the seasoning with more kosher salt or pepper as needed.
  4. Immediately before serving, stir in the sage, thyme, and rosemary. Transfer to a large serving bowl and serve hot.

 

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Italian Herb Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Italian Herb Slow Cooker Pot Roast

It seems like everyone’s lives are so busy these days, I know mine is.  Finding time to cook can be challenging when I’m busy chasing after the 2 year old twins, Harper and Sadi.  Actually keeping them safely out of the kitchen so I can cook is the biggest challenge!  But now that my daughter Jenny and her sons, Dion and Devon, have moved back home with me preparing meals is a must.  I usually cook dinner at least 4 nights a week, but now that they’re back we prepare 3 meals a day almost everyday.

In my life my Slow Cooker or Crock Pot has been a lifesaver!  It really makes cooking dinner that much easier, toss everything in the pot in the morning, forget about it, and serve for dinner! One of my family’s favorite slow cooker dinners is Pot Roast.

It’s really the best way to make pot roast  in my opinion.  You can toss in just about any cut of meat, I like to use chuck roasts, and it turns out tender and juicy.  For a bit of variety I like to add different herbs and spices to my pot roast.  One of our favorites is this Italian Herb Pot Roast.  We eat it with steamed white rice, but really it’s hearty enough to serve by itself, specially if you toss in lots of potatoes and other veggies.

Fresh herbs and Balsamic vinegar is the secret to this tasty pot roast.  It’s a great way to use some of the herbs in my kitchen garden!  If you don’t grown your own herbs you can buy some at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.

Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients:

3-4 Pound Chuck Roast

3 Cups Beef Broth

1 Cube Beef Broth – crush and stir into the liquid in the pot

2 Cups Baby Carrots

1 Large Onion – cut in chunks

6-8 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes – scrubbed clean, cut in half

1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary

2 Sprigs Fresh Thyme

2 Sprigs Fresh Oregano

3 Cloves Fresh Garlic – minced

1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbs. Sea Salt

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a crock pot.

Cook over low heat for 8-10 hours.

 

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  2. Cook over low heat for 8-10 hours
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