October 3, 2011

Vegetarian Recipe #6: Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Polenta

Image from The Kitchn

This was one of those meals where you decide you desperately don't want to make what you have on the menu or in fact anything on the menu for the week, and so you pick something, ANYTHING off your Pinterest boards to make instead. Just so long as it isn't something on the menu.

This had the double bonus of using up several things that were getting old (hello, three ears of corn I bought for very cheap many weeks ago) and reviving the tomatoes I bought that were. . . not very excellent.

The triple bonus was that it was DELICIOUS. I let Ella lick the spoon because she was getting all sorts of crabby while I was finishing up cooking, and suddenly she was a happy little clam. She kept holding up the spoon to have me refill it up. This was a big winner (there was goat cheese. How could it NOT be a big winner?).

Roasted Tomatoes and Goat Cheese Polenta
(Adapted from Love and Olive Oil)

serves 2


2 plum tomatoes, chopped into 1 inch pieces (or 1/2 pint of cherry/grape tomatoes, sliced in half, if you are very rich or cherry tomatoes are on sale)
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper

1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup milk or half-and-half (guess which one I used . . . )
1/2 cup water
1 cup fresh corn kernels, blanched briefly in boiling water
1/4 cup goat cheese
1 tablespoon butter


Preheat oven to 400ºF.  Put tomatoes and 1-2 TB olive oil in a pan and stir to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 45-55 minutes or until tomatoes are slightly brown around the edges and all wrinkly (yum!)

While those cook, bring milk and water to a gentle boil in a sauce pan. Whisk in cornmeal (if you are awesome and can keep it from forming lumps, congratulations. If not, run it through the blender or food processor, or stick your immersion blender in so it's all smooth and lovely). Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to thicken, about ten minutes. Add corn kernels and let cook another two or three minutes. Stir in butter and goat cheese, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with roasted tomatoes.

Serve immediately.


  1. I find it quite hilarious that the title of this post shows up in my Google Reader as "Vegetarian Recipe #6: Roasted Tomatoes and Goat".

  2. That looks good. We love polenta around here.

  3. I have a serious addiction to polenta and so does my little guy. He'll eat the whole pot if I let him (which I don't--*I* want to eat the whole pot!).

  4. I have a serious addiction to polenta and so does my little guy. He'll eat the whole pot if I let him (which I don't--*I* want to eat the whole pot!).

  5. Last week when you told me you bought goat cheese at cosco (for a great deal btw)...... i almost blurted out my favorite polenta is one with goat cheese (a pioneer woman recipe). I decided to refrain because i wasn't sure if you were like my husband and his brie-- a purist-- not to mix it in with anything but to enjoy the taste in an unadulterated manner. I'm so glad you had goat cheese w/ polenta. see you tomorrow.

  6. This sounds easy and delicious. I think I need to add it to my menu for next week because I already have plans to make your tomato pie this week.

  7. Discovered polenta this summer. Last time we had it with roasted squash and tomatoes and pesto, and a side of tender, tiny golden beets. The most magical food in the world. Oh, and a generous sprinkling of pine nuts. Corn and tomatoes. God knew what he was doing when he programmed those babies to ripen at the same time.

  8. I am a huge fan of roasted tomatoes, Ive added this to my list of recipes to do.

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  9. That sounds really good. We are big tomato fans here. What is pinterest?

  10. Just made this for a party I went to and it was a major hit!! Absolutely as delicious as it looks! Highly recommend this recipe! Thanks for sharing! I for sure will be making this again soon!

  11. We just made this and it was delicious. Even Clara liked it in her picky toddler mode (although she skipped the tomatoes and had kiwis on the side instead.) So yummy!


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