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                            POLENTA (PICKARSKI)
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 Serving Size  : 8    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Main Dish                        Vegetarian
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1       tb           Olive oil -- or corn oil
    1       c            Peeled, finely diced carrots
    1       c            Finely diced onions
    1       c            Finely diced celery
    1       tb           Minced garlic
    2       ts           Sea salt
      1/2   ts           Finely ground black pepper
    1       t            Chopped basil
    4       c            -Water
      1/2   c            Drained stewed tomatoes
    2       c            Yellow corn grits -- -OR-
    2 1/4   c            -Cornmeal
    1       c            Cooked, drained kidney beans
   Heat the oil in a large saucepan.   Saute the carrots,
   onions, celery, and garlic, along with the salt,
   pepper, and basil, for about 8 minutes. Cut the stewed
   tomatoes into small pieces and add them to the
   vegetables, along with the 4 cups of water.  Bring to
   a simmer. Then add the corn grits and kidney beans and
   mix well.  Cook for about 20 minute, stirring
   occasionally to prevent burning.  (The polenta may
   take longer than 20 minutes to cook. Check by tasting.
   It should have a soft, gritty texture.)
   Lightly oil a 2-quart mold and press the polenta into
   it, working out any air pockets.  Smooth out the
   surface and allow it to cool to room temperature.
   Refrigerate the mold until it is cold.  Then unmold
   the polenta onto a tray, garnish it, and serve it in
   NOTE: If you are using cornmeal instead of corn grits,
   it is best to soak the cornmeal separately, in 2 cups
   of cold water; add the remaining 2 cups of water to
   the vegetables and then combine the two mixtures.
   VARIATION: Millet Polenta Use 2 cups of millet and 5
   cups of water in place of the corn grits and the 4
   cups of water.
   Source: Friendly Foods - by Brother Ron Pickarski,
   O.F.M. Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, California ISBN:
   0-89815-377-8 Typed for you by Karen Mintzias
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