Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Polenta with Turkey Meat Sauce -Gluten Free

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I have never had Polenta until I made this recipe. It is so good.
I looked up recipes on how to make it homemade. Next time I will make it homemade as I love to make my own food. But the Trader Joe's Polenta was very delicious and would be a great staple item for a busy night. I am going to check my local Food Store this week to see if they also carry the Pre-Made Polenta.

Fried Gluten Free Polenta with Turkey Meat Sauce
In a large Dutch Oven:
Add 2 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 # 93-97% Ground Turkey
1 Medium Onion Diced
Optional: You can add Diced Peppers and Mushrooms as well.

When the Turkey is almost cooked
add Fresh Garlic to your taste,, cook 1-2 more minutes

½ of a small can of Tomato Paste (I freeze the remaining Tomato Paste in a small baggie)
Cook for 1-2 Minutes
Optional: De-glaze Pan with Red Wine.. the wine gives it a great flavor

Add tomatoes of your choice
Chopped, Puree or Diced.
Use enough canned tomatoes to make a nice thick sauce.
Add spices of your choice
I added:
Italian Seasoning
Salt and Pepper
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Cook/Simmer the Sauce for 2 hours or until nice and thick.
Adjust seasonings.

I bought a pre-made Polenta from Trader Joes it is Gluten Free
It comes in a 18oz Tube.
I sliced it into 10-11 Slices

Heat up a non-stick Skillet.. medium high heat
Add Butter/Melt
Add half of the Polenta,,, do not over crowd the pan
Fry until Golden Brown about 3-5 Minutes per-side- Turn and fry other side
I had my oven pre-heated to 400*
When the first batch of Polenta was fried I placed them on a cookie sheet into the oven to keep them warm and crispy.

I placed a few slices of the fried Polenta in the bottom of a bowl. Topped it with the Turkey Sauce.
Sprinkled with Parmesan and Pecorino Romano Cheese


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