I love Polenta...any form, shape. And I love Butternut Squash...decided to combine these 2 favorites..but needed a sauce of some kind...decided to make it absolutely Italian....so did a sauce, but didn't want a spaghetti sauce....this sauce evolved. —loubaby
butternut squash, peeled
chopped walnuts, toasted
spanish onion, finely chopped
fresh chopped rosemary
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper
Fresh Parmesan Cheese
1 3/4 pounds
small red onion, peeled, quartered
garlic cloves, minced
Italian black olives, chopped
anchovy fillets, minced
white wine vinegar
shredded fresh basil leaves
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
In This Recipe
Cut Squash into ½ inch pieces; place on a large foiled-lined jelly roll pan and cook for about 30 minutes or until tender.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion, rosemary and sugar; cook over moderately low heat about 30 minutes until onions are caramelized. Season with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Whisk in the polenta and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cook over very low heat, stirring frequently, until cooked, about 30 minutes. Stir in butter.
Add squash, walnuts, onion mixture, mozzarella and 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese to the Polenta. Pour polenta mixture into 2 greased 9-inch cake pans. Refrigerate polenta until firm, at least 2 hours.
Meanwhile, make Salsa. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add 1 Tbl olive oil, tomatoes, red onion and cook until charred all over, about 3-5 minutes, turning frequently. Remove from heat; chop the vegetables. Stir in garlic, olives, anchovies, vinegar, basil and the remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper.
To Serve: Preheat oven to 375. Sprinkle Polenta with the remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake about 45 minutes, until the top is browned. Let stand 5-10 minutes before cutting it into pie shaped wedges. Serve with Salsa Rustica.