A couple of weeks ago I attended one of those “Taste Of” events in a neighboring community. One of the restaurant/caters that provided a “taste” brought along these tasty balls of polenta stuffed with various meats. With the marinara sauce and pasta they also had it made for a very nice “small plate.”
I had a couple of leftover MOINK Balls in the refrigerator and while thinking about eating them it struck me that stuffing them inside a polenta ball and frying them would not be a bad thing. And I was correct…
I cooked the polenta per the package instructions and let it cool in the refrigerator completely. Then with oiled hands I formed the polenta around the MOINK Balls. It worked with no problems at all. I put the Polenta Balls in the fridge so they stayed cold and kept their shape while I cooked the pasta and made the tomato sauce.
The sauce was simple. Peeled three Roma tomatoes and chopped them. In a skillet I sautéed a little onion, a little finely chopped carrot and celery and some garlic in olive oil until tender. I added some Italian Seasoning, Oregano and dried parsley. With just a little water I cooked everything for about 15 minutes.
When the pasta was done I fried the Polenta Balls in oil until golden brown. With some penne pasta I had myself a nice and simple dinner. Experimentation in the kitchen can be a good thing…at least this time it was.