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Pesto Polenta with Frizzled Leeks


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Pesto Polenta with Frizzled Leeks

One day I was making polenta and had some extra pesto in the fridge, so I threw it in to the mix and the result was extraordinary. Use any pesto recipe or store bought, your choice, can be dairy or parve.


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  • 5 cups water (or use mixture of water, milk, and/or broth)
  • white and pale green parts of 1/2 pound leeks (about 2 medium), cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Curried-Squash-Soup-with-Frizzled-Leeks-10780#ix
  • oil for frying
  • 1 cup polenta (cornmeal)
  • salt and pepper to taste


Bring 5 cups water to boil in heavy large saucepan over high heat.

While waiting for the water to boil, make the frizzled leeks.

Cut leeks lengthwise into thin strips. In a bowl of water wash leeks and drain by lifting leeks from water into a colander. Dry leeks very well between layers of paper towels.

In a saucepan at least 3 1/2 inches deep heat 1 inch oil.  Working in very small batches fry leeks (oil will bubble up quite high) until golden, about 10 to 15 seconds, transferring with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Season frizzled leeks with salt. Leeks may be fried 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature.

Back to the water.  Gradually whisk in polenta, then 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt and sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for a minute then add pesto, mix and simmer until polenta is tender, thick, and creamy, whisking often and adjusting heat to maintain gentle simmer, 15 to 20 minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and spoon onto plate or bowl.



About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




2 Responses to Pesto Polenta with Frizzled Leeks

  1. avatar says: hope48

    This looks delicious and I love Polenta.
    Like you I’m a foodie, So I will be trying this recipe.

    • Enjoy, it was one of those, let’s get rid of everything in the fridge moments that worked out really well, now I prefer it with pesto.

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