Polenta Cakes with Artichoke Hearts

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Premade plastic-wrapped tubes of polenta help get this dinner on the table fast. If your salad bar does not offer an antipastolike salad, look for jars of Italian pickled vegetables. Start with minestrone soup, and end with scoops of orange sherbet topped with hot fudge.

  • ServingServings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. olive oil, or more if needed
  • 1 large leek, thinly sliced
  • About 2 cups water-packed artichoke hearts, squeezed dry
  • 8 oz. antipasto or mixed olive salad
  • 6 2-oz. slices polenta
  • 3 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbs. capers, drained

Preparation

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and saut8E leek for 5 minutes. Add artichoke hearts, and continue saut8Eing for 3 minutes more. Add antipasto, and saut8E until heated through. Remove from skillet, and set aside.
  2. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat, and pan-fry polenta slices until golden on both sides, adding more oil if needed. Remove from skillet, put on serving plates and top with equal portions of saut8Eed vegetables. Sprinkle each serving with Parmesan cheese and capers, and serve.


Wine Suggestions

A lush Gruner Veitliner is a smooth, juicy white wine that would pair well with these tasty cakes. For a special taste treat, try the Anton Bauer Gruner Veltliner Reserve. You might also want to consider a chilled Italian white.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: Serves 3
  • Calories: 470
  • Carbohydrate Content: 82 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 5 mg
  • Fat Content: 11 g
  • Fiber Content: 13 g
  • Protein Content: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 2 g
  • Sodium Content: 1270 mg
  • Sugar Content: 2 g