Yesterday I told you that I’d give you some ideas on what to do with those leftover polenta trimmings you accumulated when you made the Polenta Pesto Bruschetta.
Idea numero uno is these “easier than easy” polenta croutons.
After you look at the recipe, be sure to go to the end of the post to see some of the delicious food I enjoyed at my Les Dames d’Escoffier meeting yesterday. Oh my!
Polenta trimmings or leftover and cooled homemade polenta
1 tablespoon olive oil
Cut the polenta into 1-inch cubes, or something close to the size and shape.
Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil; swirl to coat the pan.
Add cubes of polenta and cook for about 8 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.
There is quite a bit of splatter, use a splatter screen if you have one.
Drain on paper towels. Use to garnish soups or salads.
Now about that meeting with the amazing food….
The first Les Dames d’Escoffier meeting, back after the long hot summer, was held at one of my favorite restaurants – FnB.
FnB Co-Owner/Chef Charleen Badman has an amazing way with food and pairing up the perfect flavors. Check out this plethora of dishes she put out for us!
Thai Fried Chicken
Pickled Corn Relish – so simple and to die for!
Charleen’s Green Salad – cucumber, arugula, shaved fennel and celery, green beans, celery greens, pistachios, goat cheese, etc. It was so delicious that I had a dream about it last night.
There was more food too, I just couldn’t try it all. I had to pass on the Shallot Sautéed Lobster Mushrooms, the Lamb Meatballs with Tahini, and the Lobster Mushroom Frittata.
This was my plate. Well, my first plate. I went back for the salad and for more of that corn relish.
Here is the aftermath of the buffet once we finished going through it. It may look like we barely made a dent in it. That would be due to the fact that Chef Charleen is the perfect hostess and was continuously replacing dishes of her fabulous creations as we cleaned them off like a swarm of locust!
Thank you Charleen for an amazing meal! You Rock!