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Polenta is a dish of boiled cornmeal. It can be served in a variety of ways, but our favourite includes a beautiful garnish of folded prosciutto, tomato, and sunflower seeds along with a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
¼ cup (60 mL) finely minced shallots
4 cups (1 L) vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup (250 mL) fine cornmeal
1 cup (250 mL) cooked green lentils
½ cup (125 mL) grated Parmesan
to taste, salt and ground black pepper
¼ cup (60 mL) prepared pesto
12 prosciutto slices, cut into thirds
20 cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup (60 mL) toasted sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp (30 mL) balsamic reduction (optional)
Quick Tip: Polenta can be made well in advance of your get-together. Try grilling the polenta squares for added flavour & texture, or stirring in fresh herbs.