Yesterday I made this polenta dish which is so great with the use of hazelnut meal. I came upon the recipe in a Dutch magazine about organic food: Smaakmakend.
The hazelnut meal gives the polenta a nuttiness and a bite which goes very well with the roasted pumpkin, the white beans and the goat’s cheese.
Comfort food as it should be, soft, cheesy and hearty. My son even loved it, although he is not a big polenta eater. We liked it so much that I almost forgot to take a picture; with a little left-over I could manage these ones ;-)
Hazelnut polenta with roasted pumpkin (2 pers)
70 g polenta
70 g hazelnut meal
500 ml water
1 tbsp Herbes de Provence
50 g Parmesan
400 g pumpkin, cleaned and in cubes
2 cloves of garlic, in thin slices
1 onion, chopped in half moons
10 black olives, de-pitted and chopped roughly
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, cut fine
2 tbsp olive oil
1 can of big white beans, drained
100-150 g soft goat’s cheese
Pre-heat the oven on 200 °C. Prepare a baking tray with a piece of baking paper.
Put a big pan on the fire with 500 ml of water and bring to the boil. Mix polenta and hazelnut meal well. When the water is boiling pour in the mixed polenta/hazelnut while you keep on stirring! So no lumps will form. keep on stirring and let the polenta cook conform the description on the package. This can range from 5 -30 minutes, so have a good look what type of polenta you’re using.
In the meantime prepare the vegetables and mix pumpkin, onion, garlic, olives and rosemary with the olive oil, salt and pepper and put in the pre-heated oven and bake for 30 minutes, stir half way, till golden brown and cooked. Set aside for a minute till the polenta is baking.
When your polenta is done cooking, mix in grated Parmesan and pour on a flat oven-proof plate or casserole and, after removing the baking tray with pumpkin, adjust the oven to grilling and grill the polenta for 3-5 minutes.
Mix pumpkin with the white beans and gently scoop on top of the polenta and sprinkle goats’ cheese on top and put under the grill for another 5 minutes.
You’re done. Sprinkle some parsley on top and serve with a simple green salad and enjoy this tasty comfort dish.