I also planned my dinner menu for tomorrow. The guy is coming over for dinner. Normally he does the cooking.
Polenta: makes 6 side-dish servings
- 6 cups water
- 4 tsp Salt
- 1 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
- 3 T unsalted butter, (cut into pieces)
- 1 tsp plus 1/2 cup Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup Marinara
- Bring water to boil. add 2 tsp salt, then gradually whisk in cornmeal. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring often. Mixture will thicken and become tender. About 15 minutes
- Coat an 11*7 baking dish with 1 tsp olive oil. Transfer hot polenta to baking dish, spread evenly to 3/4 inch thick. Cover and refrigerate until cold and firm. About 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Cut polenta into 2*1 inch pieces. In a large heavy skillet, heat the remaining 1/2 cup of oil over a medium-high flame. Working in batches, fry the polenta pieces until golden brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Using tongs, transfew the polenta pieces of paper and drain. Place the polenta pieces on a baking sheet and keept warm in the oven while cooking the remaining batches.
- Transfer the polenta pieces to serving platter. Sprinkle with parm cheese and salt. Serve with marinara.
Eggplant Parmigiana makes 4 servings.
- 1 12oz eggplant, (small)
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 T water
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 T cooking oil
- 1/3 cup grated Parm cheese
- 1 cup meatless spaghetti sauce
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzerella cheese
- Wash and peel eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/2 inch slices. Combine egg adn water, dip eggplant slices into egg mixture, then into flour turning to coat both sides. In a large skillet cook eggplant half at a time, in hot oil for 4-6 minutes (golden brown). Drain onto paper towels.
- Place eggplant in a single layer in an ungreased 2 quart rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle with Parm cheese, top with spaghetti sauce and mozz cheese. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
The reason I chose these specific dishes is because I already have all the ingredients except two. Technically I could make marinara, but I just have so much other stuff to do that I would rather just buy it, and heat it up.