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Pan-Fried Polenta with Sweet Chili

This was the first time I’ve successfully made polenta. I found the secret is to add salt, pepper, and butter, cool the polenta, then pan-fry it in a bit of olive oil. For an unsauced polenta, I’ll try adding an herbed spreadable cheese like Alouette or Laughing Cow. The chili recipe comes from my step-mom, although I skipped the beef. It doesn’t have quite the same flavor without the beef, but adding a chopped veggie burger helps to “beef” it up!

This is a think-ahead dinner since the chili needs to simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours. Total prep time for meal is about 40 minutes, and the cost is under $6 with veggie burgers.

Sweet Chili

1 large onion, diced

3 stalks celery, chopped

2 cans stewed tomatoes

1 can chili or kidney beans

1-2T chili powder

1/2 cup ketchup

1 cup water (1/2 cup if omitting veggie burgers)

2T sugar

3 Veggie burger patties (your favorite brand), chopped into bite-sized pieces

Saute onions and celery in a large pot. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 1/2-2 hours.

Pan-Fried Polenta

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of polenta, salt and pepper to taste, and 2T butter. Stir constantly until the polenta is thick, about 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature or cover and place in fridge overnight. Cut the polenta into squares (or use fun cookie cutter shapes) and pan-fry over medium-high heat with 1T olive oil until golden brown.

Serve chili over polenta.

Serves 4 (and leaves chili leftovers!)

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February 25, 2010 - Posted by | Recipes, Vegetarian |

1 Comment »

  1. […] a little sweeter for the manicotti.  Next time I’ll make the manicotti with my usual chili.  But when I’m craving a hearty, veggie-ful chili, I’m going back to […]

    Pingback by Chili Manicotti « Mommy Cafe | December 9, 2010 | Reply


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