Roasted Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Polenta

Enjoy we did! Made this for dinner tonight, served with grilled green mole pork chops, and we really enjoyed it. I’ve never been much of a fan of polenta, but adding the goat cheese made it delightful. I will be making this again.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes (or small tomatoes - tricolor or heirloom are super pretty!) 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided 
  • 3 cloves garlic 
  • 3 cups spinach 
  • 3 cups water 
  • 1 cup corn grits or polenta
  • 4 ounces goat cheese 
  • ½ teaspoon salt 
Instructions 
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Wash the tomatoes, place on a baking sheet, and pat dry. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Roast for 10 minutes, gently turn the tomatoes, and repeat until the tomatoes are browned, about 30 minutes. I turned the heat up to 450 at the end to get more browning action. 
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy pan. Add the garlic and saute gently until fragrant, but do not brown - browned garlic tastes bitter and gross. When the garlic is smelling awesome, add the spinach and turn off the heat. You should be able to just keep stirring the spinach around for a minute and it will wilt and reduce in size. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel. 
  3.  In the same pan, bring the water to a boil. Add the polenta and whisk until smooth. Simmer for 15 minutes or so until the polenta has thickened. Add the goat cheese and the salt and stir until smooth. Taste and adjust as necessary. Serve the polenta immediately with the tomatoes and the spinach.

Notes
The polenta thickens and hardens as it starts cooling - but for this recipe, I liked the polenta soft, so if you need to loosen it up a bit, just add some water or milk and whisk until smooth. You CAN make polenta just using cornmeal - you can follow the directions in this recipe if you're doing that. But I will say that I liked using the actual polenta corn grits this time - I felt like the consistency was better.

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