May 08, 2020

Fried Polenta Crostini with Cavolo Nero

Recipe:

Fried Polenta Crostini are a wonderful appetizer for any occasion.  Not only can they be delicious plain, simply sprinkled with some salt, but they are delicious when served with all kinds of different toppings.  Today Cavolo Nero and shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano was definitely the winner antipasto.  Simple to make, delicious, and always perfect to serve for any occasion.  Let's get started!

Supplies:

  • The Pizza e Cucina Double
  • Potato peeler
  • Frying pans - one for the polenta and one for the Swiss chards
  • Stainless steel strainer
  • Absorbent paper
  • Food thermometer to check the temperature of the frying oil

Ingredients:

  • Polenta (recipe for polenta
  • Small to medium bunch of Cavolo Nero or Lacinato Kale 
  • 2 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • Cayenne pepper flakes to taste
  • Parmigiano Reggiano shavings for topping
  • Salt to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Frying oil of your choosing

Directions:

  1. Preheat the flattop griddle of The Pizza e Cucina Double.
  2. Remove the polenta from the refrigerator where it has been chilled overnight.  Cut the polenta into either squares, triangles or small rounds. 
  3. Place the frying on the flattop of the Pizza e Cucina, and heat the oil to fry the polenta.  The temperature of the oil should be around 165°-180°C - 329°-356°F. 
  4. Carefully place each piece into the hot oil and fry for two to three minutes on each side.  With a strainer remove the polenta from the oil and place it on a food safe absorbent paper to remove excess oil. 
  5. Drizzle some olive oil into a separate preheated skillet.  
  6. Add the thinly sliced garlic cloves and hot pepper flakes.  Sauté for a few seconds making sure not to brown the garlic.
  7. Place the washed and chopped Cavolo Nero into the hot skillet over the garlic.  Make sure the greens are still wet when you place them into the pan, as this extra moisture will allow to steam them.  Cover with a lid and allow it to cook down for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Once the Cavolo Nero have wilted, remove them from the heat.  
  9. Top each fried piece of polenta square (we chose to cut them into small squares) with a small mound of the greens.  
  10. Squirt them with fresh lemon juice and with the help of a potato peeler shave flakes of Parmigiano Reggiano over each small morsel of goodness.
  11. Our fried polenta crostini with Cavolo Nero and Parmigiano Reggiano are now ready to be served. Enjoy!   
Buon Appetito!

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