Baked polenta with griddled summer veg recipe

By Lucy Williams

  1. Serves 4
  2. Takes 15 minutes to make, 25 minutes to cook
  3. Rating

This Italian recipe is an alternative to pizza. Omit the Parmesan and Parma ham for a veggie version.

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Baked polenta with griddled summer veg

Ingredients

  1. 800ml vegetable stock
  2. 200g quick-cook polenta (we like Merchant Gourmet)
  3. 100g finely grated Parmesan
  4. 100g asparagus tips
  5. 1 large courgette, peeled into ribbons
  6. 150g cherry tomatoes
  7. 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  8. 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  9. 120g roasted peppers in oil, drained and sliced
  10. Squeeze of lemon juice
  11. Large handful of rocket leaves
  12. 8 Parma ham slices

Method

  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6. Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Slowly pour in the polenta, whisking constantly, then turn down the heat and cook for a couple of minutes until thickened. Season well with salt and pepper, then stir through the Parmesan.
  2. 2. Pour into a baking paper-lined tin (about 20cm x 20cm). Leave for 5 minutes, then bake for 20 minutes.
  3. 3. Meanwhile, preheat a griddle. In a bowl, toss the asparagus, courgette and tomatoes in 1 tbsp of the oil with the garlic and some seasoning. Griddle in batches, turning, until charred and tender, then mix with the pepper, remaining oil, lemon juice and rocket. Toss to combine.
  4. 4. Once the polenta is baked, turn out of the tin, discard the baking paper and slice into 4 squares. Top each with a generous spoonful of the griddled vegetable mix and 1-2 slices of Parma ham.

Nutritional info

Per serving: 471kcals, 20.4g fat (8g saturated), 29.8g protein, 41g carbs, 5.9g sugar, 1.6g salt

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