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Grilled polenta cake, pepperonata, confit potato and oregano and a basil oil Recipe

Ingredients for people

  • Olive oil : 20 ml
  • Unsalted butter : 30 g
  • Red pepper(s) : 3 whole
  • Red onion(s) : 3 whole
  • Balsamic vinegar : 50 ml
  • Caster sugar : 50 g
  • Maldon salt : 6 pinch(es)

    For the garnish(es)
  • Desiree potato(es) : 6 whole
  • Oregano : 0.5 bunch
  • Olive oil : 300 ml
  • Maldon salt : 6 pinch(es)

  • For the vinaigrette
  • Basil : 2 bunch

  • For the vegetables
  • Olive oil : 300 ml

  • For the cake(s)
  • Polenta : 400 g
  • Semi-skimmed milk : 500 ml
  • Vegetable stock : 500 ml
  • Double cream : 200 ml
  • Grated parmesan : 100 g
  • Unsalted butter : 125 g
  • Fresh thyme : 6 sprig
  • Maldon salt : 6 pinch(es)
Method
  • 1For the pepperonata

    Finely slice the peppers and onions and sweat without colour in the oil. Add the sugar and when dissolved add the vinegar. Cook until the mixture is soft and sticky. Season to taste.

  • 2For the potatoes

    Preheat the oven to 180'C.
    Peel and slice the potatoes into 1cm thick discs. Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add the potatoes and the oregano reserving some leaves back for garnish. Transfer to the oven and cook for 20 minutes, turning halfway to make sure both sides are coloured.

  • 3For the oil

    Blanch the basil in boiling water then refresh in ice water to retain the colour. Blend with the oil and pass through muslin cloth until you have a clear green oil.

  • 4For the polenta

    Grate the Parmesan cheese, dice the butter and pick the thyme leaves.
    Bring the wet ingredients to the boil with the thyme and then stir in the polenta. Cook for 3 minutes and the stir in the butter and Parmesan cheese. Season well and pour into a tray to set. When cold turn out and cut into the desired shape then either grill or shallow fry till golden in colour.

    To plate:

    Place three pieces of the polenta on the plate. Place three quenelles of pepperonata on top of the polenta, then balance three discs of potatoes against the polenta. Garnish with fresh oregano and leaves and drizzle with basil oil.

Chef's tip

«Use herbs and spices such as basil or paprika to add a new dimension to your polenta.»

Grilled polenta cake, pepperonata, confit potatoes with fresh oregano and a basil oil.

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  • Preparation  15mins
  • Cooking time  30mins
  • Rest time  10mins

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