Polenta Cakes with Lentil Chorizo

Servings: 6

Polenta Cakes
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup cornmeal, yellow, whole grain, coarse

spicy lentil chorizo
1 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoons smoked paprika, ground
1 tablespoons chili powder
½  tablespoon kosher salt
½  tablespoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano, dried, whole leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground
1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, dried, whole leaf
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander seed, ground
1 tablespoons cornstarch
¾  cups vegetable stock
1 ½  tablespoons canola oil
¾  cups yellow onions, small dice
3 cups lentils, cooked
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoons canola oil

To plate
1 bunch scallions, sliced thinly on bias
3/4 cups Cilantro, fresh, chopped


  1. For polenta cakes: Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. In a large pot, heat stock over medium-high heat bringing it to a boil. Slowly add polenta to pot, continually whisking to avoid clumps. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and allow polenta to cook for 15-25 minutes, occasionally whisking to avoid sticking/burning to the bottom of pot. Polenta is ready when tasted and does not have a raw cornmeal flavor and the texture is soft.
  2. Prepare baking dish by lining it with parchment paper and use pan spray (not listed) to oil surface. Pour polenta into pan and smooth top.
  3. For Spicy Lentil Chorizo Mixture: In a bowl, combine spices and mix well. Reserve.
  4. Combine cornstarch and vegetable stock and whisk until cornstarch is dissolved. Reserve.
  5. In a large skillet or pot over medium high heat, add oil and sauté onions until translucent, 3-5 minutes. Add spice mixture and bloom until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  6. Add cooked lentils and vinegar. Continue to cook until the lentils are warmed through and vinegar has evaporated, about 2-3 minutes. Add vegetable stock mixture and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened. Remove from skillet or pot and hold hot for service.
  7. Over medium-high heat, heat oil in a large skillet or on flat-top grill. Place portioned polenta cakes on skillet and fry until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes then flip and repeat on second side. Remove and place on sheet pan and continue to cook remaining polenta cakes. Place sheet pan in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through. Hold hot for service.
  8. Place one piece of polenta cake in middle of plate. Add 4oz (1/2 cup) lentils over the top and artfully across the plate. Garnish with 1 Tablespoon green onions and 1 Tablespoon cilantro.

Recipe taken from http://www.forwardfood.org and halved for domestic use.

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