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Barbecued Polenta with Barbecued-Tomato Sauce

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Active Time:  30 Minutes
Total Time:  30 Minutes
  Serves 4 as an accompaniment
Polenta takes on a crisp exterior and a dusky flavour when cooked over coals, and the herbed basting oil adds another unusual flavour dimension. Top the polenta with a simply seasoned chunky tomato sauce made with tomatoes that have been charred on the same barbecue.
For Sauce:
6 medium ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 spring onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
For Polenta:
2 fl oz olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage or thyme or 1 teaspoon dried sage or thyme, crushed
1/2 recipe Polenta alla Romana, chilled
Grated parmesan cheese
Other necessary recipes:
Polenta alla Romana
Barbecued Polenta with Barbecued-Tomato Sauce Recipe at
FOR SAUCE: Place tomatoes on an uncovered barbecue directly over medium-hot coals. Cook for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs, or till skin is blistered and charred in spots. Remove from barbecue and cool slightly. Cut tomatoes in half and squeeze out seeds; do not peel. Chop tomatoes. In a large frying pan heat oil. Add spring onions and garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in chopped tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

FOR POLENTA: In a small mixing bowl stir together oil, basil, and sage or thyme. Cut chilled polenta into eight 2-in-thick slices. Brush both sides generously with herb-oil mixture. Cook polenta slices on an uncovered barbecue directly over medium-hot coals for 6-7 minutes, or till bottoms are golden brown. Brush tops generously with herb-oil mixture; turn and cook for 6-7 minutes longer, or till golden brown.

Arrange polenta on a serving platter; spoon sauce over top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4 as an accompaniment
Calories: 480
Fat. Total: 30g
Fiber: 6g
Carbohydrates, Total: 42g
Sodium: 1204mg
% Cal. from Fat: 56%
Cholesterol: 25mg
Protein: 14g
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