Polenta Squares with Blueberry and Corn Relish

Appetizers

I read cookbooks like normal books. Like a novel with a cup of tea. I pay special attention to the dedication and awknowledgements, mainly because I’m naturally a very nosy person. I love reading the way certain authors write their recipes. I love reading all about the supplies and tips I’m supposed to keep in mind. And I love reading about a recipe’s story in the head notes. If you’re here, you’re probably super weird like me too and get great enjoyment in reading this stuff.

So needless to say, when I received the new cookbook from Sprouted Kitchen, I was pretty pumped to read the thing from front to cover. The book is a direct extension of their blog – beautiful pictures with delicious and healthy recipes.

As I thumbed through each chapter I stopped at “Happy Hour.” My favorite type of chapter. This one jumped out at me–it’s perfect for late-summer when it’s almost too hot to eat. Baked polenta squares, which are cooled, topped with blueberry and fresh corn relish. Yes. Just yes.

This recipe starts with whipping up some polenta. There’s some water, milk, Parmesan, Mexican oregano and salt and pepper. Easy enough.

The polenta goes to a square dish and in the oven.

While that’s baking, relish time!

Fresh corn is cut off the cob, which by the way, is ridiculously messy. WHY?

Blueberries are sliced in half. Jalapeño is minced. And cilantro and vinegar and olive oil added and everything is tossed together.

When the polenta is done baking it’ll get a beautiful golden crust all along the edges. Let it cool slightly and then slice it up into squares. Top with a spoonful of the relish and serve.

The polenta squares have good flavor. That oregano addition is a must, truly. The relish is fresh tasting, sweet, salty and a little bit spicy. Everything you want in a summer appetizer that’s totally fuss free.

Polenta Squares with Blueberry and Corn Relish

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3/4 cup whole milk
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup water
3/4 cup polenta
1/2 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 ears of corn
1 1/4 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for the pan
1 jalapeño chile, stemmed, seeded and diced

1. Preheat the oven to 425F. Lightly oil an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish.

2. In a saucepan, combine the milk, garlic, and water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the polenta and dried oregano, turn the heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the polenta is thick and has lost its grittiness, about 10 minutes. Season generously with salt and pepper and stir in the Parmesan. Pour the polenta into the prepared baking dish and bake until the top is golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Set aside to cool.

3. Using a sharp knife, cut the kernels from both corn cobs and put the kernels in a mixing bowl. Cut half of the blueberries in half, leaving the rest intact. Add the blueberries to the corn along with the fresh oregano, rice vinegar, olive oil, jalapeño, and a pinch of two of salt and stir to combine.

4. Cut the cooled polenta into nine squares and serve with the corn mixture on the side, or top each square with a heaping spoonful of corn mixture and serve.

Serves 6

Recipe from The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook

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  • Reply Rebecca Lemke November 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Your blog, your recipes and YOU are amazing. It warms my heart to find (even in cyberspace) people who embrace food, cooking and eating the way you do. I love your Smoky Red Lentil Soup. It never occured to me to use Liquid Smoke in anything other than a chicken dish I prepare, but you’ve now given me cause to use it in the soup. Also, your polenta squares are quite unique. Thanks for sharing your passion with the world. Chef Rebecca (Private Chef), Los Angeles

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  • Reply Nicole September 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Interesting! I never would have though about the blueberries! Though, I just had a blueberry/basil/habanero salsa the other day on a breakfast taco and about died. Blueberries are IT!

    making this soon.
    xo
    Nicole
    http://www.hourglassandbloom.wordpress.com

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the idea of using blueberries as a contrasting flavor. Thanks for sharing, I will definitely be trying this soon. It is too easy to pass up!

  • Reply startcooking September 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    The Polenta looks yummy!!!!!
    I now only like cookbooks that include a photo of the recipe – “a picture is worth a thousand words…”
    Cheers,
    Kathy

  • Reply Tiffany September 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    wow these look amazing!

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