Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four -- for under $20, in under 20 minutes.
Today: A festive weeknight dinner, in less than twenty minutes.
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Polenta is a component of so many simple, elegant meals -- perhaps served as a side along with some braised meat, or as a bed for vegetables. The polenta here is brought to the center of the plate -- or, in this case, a board -- and is made heartier with the addition of buckwheat and a scattering of nuts, pomegranate and mascarpone. (This recipe is based on the Italian dish taragna, which is a sort of buckwheat-polenta porridge.) The thick polenta solidifies on the board just minutes after it is poured out, lending its warmth to melt the mascarpone. Sliced, the rich polenta makes a great pair for a bitter greens salad with a lemon dressing.
As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that was published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.
Photo by Caroline Wright
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Catalan Food, written with chef Daniel Olivella, comes out in early September from Clarkson Potter.