*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                  Cheesy Polenta with Tomato & Basil Sauce
 
 Recipe By     : Good Housekeeping June 97
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :1:00
 Categories    : Cheese                           Italian
                 Main Courses                     Prepare Ahead
                 Pulses And Grains                Sauces And Stocks
                 Vegetarian                       New
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1      tbsp          vegetable oil -- plus extra greasing
                         salt and freshly ground black pepper
  225      g             polenta
    4      tbsp          chopped fresh herbs, eg oregano, chives
                         and flat-leafed parsley
  100      g             freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    3                    garlic cloves
  500      g             carton creamed tomatoes or passata
    1                    bay leaf
           sprig         fresh thyme
                         caster sugar
    3      tbsp          chopped fresh basil -- plus extra garnish
                         fresh Parmesan shavings -- to serve
 
 1. Lightly oil a 26x16.5cm (10x6 ½ in) dish. In a large pan, bring 1.1 
 litres/ 2 pints water to the boil. Sprinkle in the polenta, whisking 
 constantly. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently for 10-15 minutes 
 or until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
 
 2. Stir in the herbs and Parmesan and season to taste. Turn into the 
 prepared dish and leave to cool.
 
 3. Next, make the Tomato & Basil sauce. Crush the garlic, heat 1 tbsp oil 
 in a pan and fry garlic for 30 secs (do not brown). Add creamed tomatoes, 
 bay leaf, thyme and a large pinch of sugar. Season with salt and pepper, 
 bring to boil and simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes. Remove bay leaf and 
 thyme sprig and add chopped basil. 
 
 4. To serve, cut the polenta into pieces and lightly brush with oil. 
 Preheat a griddle pan and fry for 3-4 minutes on each side or grill under 
 a preheated grill for 7-8 minutes on each side. Serve with Tomato & Basil 
 sauce, fresh Parmesan shavings and chopped basil leaves.
 
 To prepare ahead: Complete to the end of step 3. Cover and chill 
 separately for up to two days.
 To use: Complete the recipe.
 
 
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 NOTES : A popular staple in northern Italy, polenta is now widely 
        available in supermarkets. It’s bland by itself, but add plenty of 
        fresh herbs and a little Parmesan, serve with a rich tomato sauce 
        and the result is delicious.
        
        Preparation time: 15 minutes, plus chilling
        Cooking time: 45 minutes
        Suitable for vegetarians.
        275 cals per serving