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Mediterranean polenta chips with slow roasted tomatoes
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15 minutes, plus refrigeration time
Preparation Time
1 hour, plus 90 minutes for tomatoes
Cooking Time
16 serves
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INGREDIENTS

Polenta chips

1 litre (4 cups) vegetable stock
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
255 g (1 ½ cups) polenta
100 g parmesan, finely grated
Pinch of salt

Slow roasted tomatoes

500 g baby Roma tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
6 sprigs thyme
Salt flakes and pepper, to taste
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Whipped cheese

150 g (¾ cup) ricotta
150 g (¾ cup) goat’s cheese (chevre)
1 lemon, juiced
Pinch of salt flakes

Garnish

160 g homemade or store bought basil pesto
½ bunch basil, leaves picked

Miele accessories

Unperforated steam container (Exterior dimensions W x D x H: 450 x 190 x 40 mm)
Universal tray

METHOD

Polenta chips

1. Place the vegetable stock and olive oil into an unperforated steam container.
2. Whisk the polenta into the vegetable stock until combined. Place into the steam oven and Steam at 100°C for 15 minutes.
3. Stir in the salt and half the parmesan and place back into the steam oven. Steam at 100°C for 5 minutes.
4. Stir vigorously for 2 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
5. Transfer to a greased unperforated steam container (exterior dimensions W x D x H: 450 x 190 x 40 mm), cool for 10 minutes, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until set.

6. Cut the polenta into 6 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm chips. Lightly coat with olive oil, toss in the remaining parmesan and arrange in a universal tray.
7. Place the tray in the oven on shelf position 2. Set the oven on Fan Plus at 240°C with Crisp function activated. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until crisp.

Slow roasted tomatoes

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Place tomatoes onto a universal tray.
  2. Place the tray into the oven on shelf level 2 on Fan Plus at 130°C with the Crisp function activated. Cook for 60-90 minutes, or until the tomatoes have softened and shrivelled slightly. Set aside.

Whipped cheese

1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth.  Set aside in refrigerator.

To serve

1. Pipe or spoon the whipped cheese on each polenta chip. Top with a teaspoon of basil pesto and finish with slow roasted tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.

Alternative appliance methods

Induction

  • Polenta can be cooked on the induction stove. Cook, stirring often, on medium heat, induction setting 4. Add 1 cup of water to the polenta and more if needed.

 

Combi steam Pro oven

  • Polenta chips can be cooked in the combi steam Pro oven. Place the tray in the oven on shelf position 2. Set the oven on Combi mode: Fan Plus at 240°C with 0% moisture. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until crisp.

 

Warming drawer

  • Tomatoes can be roasted in the warming drawer on Food setting 5 for 4 hours.

Hints and tips

• Polenta and Roma tomatoes can be prepared the day prior to serving and kept refrigerated until required.
• Preheating is not required in this recipe.

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