Winter Vegetables Served with Polenta Pancake

  • 6 cups vegetable bouillon
  • 2 cups polenta
  • 1 sweet potato (sliced 18" thick)
  • 6 Brussels sprouts
  • (leaves pulled off)
  • 1 small cauliflower (cut into flowerets)
  • 12 pound green beans (trimmed)
  • 12 pound salsify
  • 2 endives (cut in half lengthwise)
  • Argan oil (or olive oil or walnut oil)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt

For the polenta:
Boil the vegetable stock in a large, heavy saucepan. Pour in the polenta gradually and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce temperature and simmer gently for one hour, stirring regularly. The polenta will be quite thick and starting to dry out when done.

After the polenta cools slightly, lay it out on a piece of baking parchment or wax paper. Cover the polenta with a second piece of paper, and then roll out the polenta with a rolling pin between the two layers until it is 1/4 inch thick. Reserve.

For the vegetables:
While the polenta is cooking, wash the vegetables. Separate the individual leaves of the Brussels sprouts. Steam or cook in boiling water each of the vegetables separately until done (sweet potato, Brussels sprout leaves, cauliflower, green beans, salsify), cooling them in ice water so they keep their original color.

Braise the sliced endive in a little olive oil until lightly browned.

To assemble:
Slice the polenta pastry into rectangles 4″ x 6″. Arrange the vegetables on top of each polenta rectangle, varying colors between the rows. Drizzle with argan oil and balsamic vinegar, and season with sea salt. Serves four.

Published on July 8, 2010
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