Everyone is looking for easy side dish recipes to go with grilled foods. I know in our family if we are grilling we try to cook as much as we can on the grill. It’s more fun to cook out — it takes me back to those days when our dad took us all to the park that had a picnic area and we spent the day outdoors, grilling and playing.
During the winter I do make polenta from scratch when I have more time but this time of the year I like to make it easy and fast. I used the prepared polenta in the vacuum sealed round variety which can be found in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets.
I like grilled polenta which I sometimes make as appetizers. This week I made them parmigiana style to go with our grilled chicken breasts and grilled shrimp. These polenta parmigiana rounds were a perfect match. It took the place of a heavier chicken parmigiana and shrimp parmigiana dinner.
If you are reading this in the middle of the winter, no worries. You can make Polenta Parmigiana in the oven which is very easy prep and it’s also. This is a great party appetizer or make them on game day too.
- 1 prepared polenta roll
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1 8 oz. mozzarella
- 2 TBLS. olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh chopped basil or parsley
- Slice polenta into rounds about ¼ inch thick and lay out on a foil pan.
- Drizzle rounds with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place each round out on the hot grill and cook about 3-5 minutes (depends on the heat of the grill) on each side. The polenta is already cooked, so you just want to heat through and get nice grill marks.
- Take rounds off grill and place on the foil pan. Add 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce on each and a slice of mozzarella on top.
- Place foil pan on top rack of grill to melt the mozzarella cheese. When the cheese is melted remove pan from grill, add chopped parsley or fresh basil then plate and serve.
- Prepare as in #1 and #2 above.
- Place the rounds on a parchment lined baking or sheet pan and place under the broiler for approximately 1-3 minutes (depending on your oven) until they are lightly browned & turn over and do the same on the other side.
- Continue as in #4 and then place the pan under the broiler to melt the cheese, approximately 30-45 seconds or maybe 1 minute - keep an eye on it so they don't burn.