Polenta Grilled Cheese

>> Friday, November 16, 2012

There's really no cute or cool story for how I came to make this recipe. We are running low on food, which used to be fine when we didn't have kids. But with Ada eating more and more each day, when I'm out of stuff -- I need to get very creative if I can't make it to the grocery store.

C'mon, mom. I'm hungry!

One of Ada's favorite foods right now is cheese. She likes cubed cheddar with her other favorite food: grapes. She also likes American, which we never used to buy until we got desperate during her recent solids strike. Thankfully, we had a few slices left. No bread, though.

So, while we ate the last of our eggs at breakfast, I made some polenta.


What you'll need . . .

  • 1 cup polenta 
  • 3 cups water 
  • Pinch salt 
  • Cheese of your choice 
  • Earth Balance or butter 

Method . . . 

  1. Bring water to a boil, then toss in polenta and whisk for several minutes, until thickened. Cook for a couple more minutes and then take off heat. 
  2. Generously grease an 8" x 8" baking dish. Pour polenta into it and smooth it out, distributed evenly.
  3. Let chill for at least 4 hours. 
  4. Then -- using a sharp knife -- cut out squares or rectangles from your chilled polenta. Carefully cut your piece in half through the middle, so it'll be like bread for the cheese. 
  5. Place a slice or two or cheese in between the pieces of polenta. 
  6. Cook over medium-high heat on a pan (I greased mine first with Earth Balance) until polenta is brown and cheese is bubbly. 
  7. Slice and enjoy.
I made a small "sandwich" for Ada.

And a larger one for myself.

Crisis averted. I don't love American cheese, but it actually tasted good. OK. It tasted amazing, and I'm embarrassed to admit that. Just imagine how incredible it will be with cheddar or pepper jack!

Almost as good as the Polenta Pizza w/ Roasted Veggies we made a few months ago, too.

Happy birthday, Ada Mae! (And happy Friday to the rest of you!)

You can see some gorgeous photos, if I do say so myself, I took for the occasion over on Writing Chapter Three today. Now I'm off to do some last-minute party planning before tomorrow's big bash.

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