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One day while I was working, I was really, really hungry. My sister promised that she would have roasted broccoli waiting for me when I got home– for a price. I was to go to Trader Joe’s the following day to get a tube of polenta.

My friend came over for lunch yesterday. When we were trying to decide what to make, I found that polenta in the pantry. We’re overloaded with tomatoes and basil, so… well. This is what came out of it. It’s marvellous– we’ve made it for lunch again today.

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Polenta with Balsamic Tomatoes

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube of pre-cooked polenta
  • 1-2 T olive oil
  • 445g tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 t olive oil (I used garlic olive oil)
  • 1 t balsamic vinegar
  • 1 small handful basil, chopped
  • salt & pepper

Directions:

  1. Cut the polenta into 1-centimeter-thick circles. Brush both sides of each with olive oil. Heat a pan over medium heat; cook polenta until browned on both sides (~5 minutes per side).
  2. Meanwhile, mix tomatoes, (1 teaspoon) olive oil, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Serve polenta circles topped with tomato mixture.

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