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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Fried Polenta with Ragu and Mozzarella

Last night I made a quick dinner using a pre-packaged polenta log from Trader Joe's which I cut into 1/4'' slices and pan fried until crispy. On top of the polenta rounds, I placed a homemade ragu made with lean ground beef, diced tomatoes and Italian herbs. To garnish, I melted large slices of buffalo mozzarella over top as well as a sprig of fresh parsley. This dish is tasty and satisfying, especially on a frigid winter night. 

Fried Polenta with Ragu and Mozzarella

(serves 3-4)

1 pre-packaged polenta log, cut into 1/4'' rounds (sold at Trader Joe's)

3 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, finely diced 
1 package lean ground beef 
1 can organic diced tomatoes in liquid
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp minced fresh garlic
1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
Pinch salt and pepper to taste
6-8 slices buffalo mozzarella (2 slices per serving)
Fresh parsley for garnish

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add cut polenta rounds into skillet and fry on each side until crispy, about 5-8 minutes on each side (once cooked, cook on paper towels). Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in another non-stick skillet and add diced onion and ground beef. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes, then add tomatoes, sugar herbs and saute on low for 10 minutes. Once the beef mixture is thoroughly cooked, pour over crispy polenta rounds garnished with 2 slices of mozzarella and parsley. You may want to microwave dish with mozzarella to melt cheese a bit before serving. Enjoy!

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