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Stir-Grilled Root Vegetables
with Asiago Polenta

Makes 4 servings and about 6 cups of polenta

By micro-cooking the root vegetables until almost done, you can grill these veggies in no time at all, leaving you plenty of time for a pre-dinner martini. Maybe you'll even consider this dish for the Thanksgiving table. If you make a double batch of the polenta, following our mantra of "the value of leftovers," you can spoon the extra into a loaf pan, cover, and refrigerate it for up to 3 days. Then use it to make Grilled Polenta with Smoky Mushroom Cream Sauce on page 38. It's also a wonderful side for many of the grilled meats you'll find in later chapters. If you can't find polenta, you can substitute corn grits; most grocery stores carry the Bob's Red Mill brand.

Asiago Polenta:
6 cups vegetable or chicken broth
8 ounces uncooked polenta (stone-ground Italian yellow cornmeal)
          or corn grits
1 cup freshly grated Asiago cheese
Fine kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

8 shallots, peeled
8 baby turnips, peeled, or 4 medium-size turnips, peeled and quartered
4 baby carrots
8 new potatoes, quartered
1 large leek, trimmed to about a 5-inch length, sliced in half lengthwise,
          and chopped
1 large parsnip, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste

To make the polenta, in a large pot over medium-high heat, bring the broth to a boil. Sprinkle in the polenta in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Continue whisking for 5 minutes. When the polenta has bubbled into a thick mass, whisk in the Asiago cheese. Season with salt and black pepper to taste and set aside, keeping warm.

Prepare a hot fire in your grill.

Place all the vegetables in a large, microwave-safe bowl, toss with the olive oil, and season with salt and white pepper. Microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the vegetables are partially cooked. Pour the vegetables into a grill wok and place the wok on a baking sheet to take out to the grill.

Stir-grill the vegetables, tossing with wooden paddles or grill spatulas, until the potatoes, parsnips, and turnips are tender when pierced with a paring knife. Serve them next to or on top of the warm polenta.

 

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from:
Weeknight Grilling with the BBQ Queens
Making Meals Fast and Fabulous

by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig
Harvard Common Press
Photography: Kirsten Shultz
$29.95; Hardcover
ISBN: 1-55832-313-9
$14.95; Trade paperback
ISBN: 1-55832-314-7
Recipe reprinted by permission.

 

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