Polenta Leftovers Dumplings\Gnocchi with Roasted pepper and Sage

By Cordelia
December 1, 2009
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Author Notes: This are much quicker and easier kind of Gnocchi and they are great for this theme because you can make them from polenta leftovers and just add them to another dish you making for dinner, as long as it has some sauce. I for example added them to chicken cooked in paprika and tomato sauce (see recipe here). Or just have them with this quick smoky sauce, instead of just your usual tomato sauce. You won't regret you made too much polenta again...

Serves: 2-3

Polenta Gnocchi

  • 1/2 of polenta (or fine corn meal)
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 0.5 cup of milk
  • Leaves fro 3-4 springs of thyme
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  1. To get a bit of garlic flavor rub the garlic clove on the sides and bottom of a heavy saucepan. Bring the water and the milk to a boil. Add salt, pepper and thyme.
  2. Add the polenta in slowly while whisking with a whisk. Reduce the heat and cook for 20-25 minutes while whisking constantly.
  3. Take of the hit and whisk in the cheese and butter. Taste for salt.
  4. Pour and flatten in 13 1/4 x 13 1/4 inch dish (or something similar). The polenta suppose to be about 1/2 inch thick Let it cool a bit outside the fridge and then cover with plastic wrap and let it set in the fridge for 4 hour at least.
  5. Flip on a cutting board and cut to cubes a bit bigger than the size of gnocchi.

Roasted Pepper sauce

  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes peeled
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic sliced thinly
  • 3 leaves of sage, chiffonade
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup of whole milk ricotta cheese
  1. Roast the pepper: char the pepper on open flam or under the broiler on all sides, until the skin is charred and black. Put in a plastic bag and close. Leave for 10 minutes or so, than you will be able to take the skin off easily. Discard the stem and the seeds. Cut to thin strips.
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet. Add the garlic and sage. Satue for 2 minutes until the sage is crisped up a bit. Add the pepper and satue for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile dice the tomatoes to small cubes. Add salt, pepper, sugar and red pepper flakes and mix. Add the tomatoes and satue on medium heat for 7 minutes or so until the tomatoes break down.
  4. Add the polenta dumplings. You only need to warm them up so mix very gently by swirling the pan around.
  5. Serve with a tablespoon or so of ricotta and drizzle of a bit of olive oil.

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