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Desert Polenta with Cheddar (Jacques Pépin)


Desert Polenta with Cheddar (Jacques Pépin)

This week, the members of I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) are making Jacques Pépin's Out of France dishes, i.e. not French or of French origin. We can cook his American, Asian, Mexican-inspired dishes!



After searching through a few websites, I chose his Desert Polenta with Cheddar dish. There's a little description about this dish: "Craig Higgins, the chef at Tongabezi Camp in Zambia, has been instrumental in devising menus and training chefs at many safari camps. This polenta has become a menu standby." So, I guess this is an African dish. :)

Recipe adapted from here.

Ingredients: 
(Serves 2)

1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 & 1/4 cups milk
1 & 1/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coarse cornmeal or polenta
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
Pinch of paprika


How to:

1. Melt butter in a large sauce-pan. Add garlic, nutmeg and, cloves. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

2. Add milk, water and salt and bring to a boil. Whisking constantly, add the cornmeal in a thin stream. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the polenta is thick and creamy, about 30 minutes.

3. Stir in the cheese and paprika. Serve, garnished with some paprika.




I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC) for this week's theme, Out of France!


14 comments

  1. Cheese and paprika are a perfect compliment to the polenta. I bet every bite was delicious!

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    1. Yeah, I'm surprised paprika tastes amazing!

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  2. This looks very flavorful. Polenta is always a good side.

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  3. Yum! I would love a bowl of this polenta with a fried egg on top for breakfast. ;-)

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    1. Adding a fried egg on top is a great idea, Deb! :)

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  4. Hi Joyce,

    Polenta + cheese ... Wow! This combination sounds very comforting to eat :D

    Zoe

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  5. This looks great. I tried using polenta for the first time just the other week, so I have a lot left in the packet. Thanks for the ideas on how to use it :)

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  6. Desert polenta, what an interesting concept! This makes a substantial dish as well. Does it taste like cheddar?

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