Many dinners that I prepare consist of seeing what is on hand and determining a menu from those ingredients. I don’t like going shopping for one dish. I have a fair amount of pantry space and a large freezer, so I can typically find ingredients to make something.
One night, I wanted to use some chicken thighs from the freezer and decided to serve them with polenta and a green vegetable. I hate to admit this but here goes... I’ve been cooking Italian dishes forever, love food from the North, South and in between, but have never made polenta before. Why? Well, I really have no idea; maybe it was from those years in the South when cornmeal was used for grits, something I thought of as a breakfast staple.
It was time to take this plunge and it was beyond easy — could easily become a dinner staple. I can imagine so many variations on a theme: Spices, cream, cheeses... heaven!
This dish was so simple, I would say less than an hour from start to finish, so it's a great weeknight meal for a busy family... or even me!