I’ve been pretty excited since getting a subscription to Gourmet (Birthday present from my bro/sis in-laws) and Cooking Light (Christmas present from the LOML). It’s fun to flip through the pages, but I have resolved (well, not an official New Year’s resolution or anything) to actually cook some of these dishes this year (or at least after April 15th)!
Well, last night we tried Parmesan and Sage crusted Chicken (substituted for Pork) with Creamy Polenta and Sautéed Broccoli Rabe (or Rapini) out of December’s Cooking Light. I knew this was going to be a juggling act to try and have all three dishes finish at the same time, and I came pretty close. If I had to do it all over again, I would have waited until the chicken and rapini were done, before cooking the polenta (it can get too hard pretty fast . . . that’s . . . what . . . sorry, can’t resist).
For those not familiar with Polenta, it’s basically an Italian version of Grits, and the instant version literally takes 2 minutes to cook. This recipe called for Mascarpone, which was good, because I’m not sure what else I can use the leftover Mascarpone I have for (yes, I realize I could make a Tiramisu, but this is busy season, I don’t have all day).
I had never eaten Broccoli Rabe before, but it’s kind of like a cross between Broccoli and a Turnip Green. Everything I’ve read on the internet describe it as a “bitter” green, but I thought it was very tasty and not bitter at all. I may have just found a new favorite vegetable side dish?? Before sautéing, I boiled the rapini for 3 minutes to take the edge off. Then toss with a little olive oil, minced garlic and lemon juice and you have some tasty greens.
All in all, I’d say the meal turned out pretty good. Sadly, as Busy Season “heats up” I don’t know how much time we’ll have for these meals . . . (cue Debbie Downer “wah, wah, wah . . .”)