For dinner we’re eating a creamy, savory baked polenta. The polenta was slowly simmered in whole milk and water then poured into a baking dish and topped first with a tomato, crimini mushroom, and vidalia onion sauce, then with jalapeno jack and havarti cheeses, and finally with seasoned asparagus. The whole dish was baked until golden and bubbly then finished with a sprinkling of diced sun-dried tomatoes.
A: oh my. this was one rich, yet deeelicious meal!
T: it was delish. Some of the best damn grits I’ve ever had.
A: sshhhhh! don’t call them grits! we’re trying to sound more sheshe! call it “baked polenta”.
T: but of course, darling… of course. How could I be so crude? We have long since left the South. We’re proper folks, now.
A: ha! proper my ass! does sheshe have to be proper?
T: If you have to ask… you’ll never know, darling.
A: until you threw in “darling” i thought you were starting to sing an old red hot chili peppers song.
T: Hmmph! Perhaps if it were 1991 and I were speaking aloud rather than typing. Then you would have been on to something. Ok, moving on. The grits- er polenta. It was quite tasty. The texture of the polenta was smooth, moist, and yet firm. I actually thought you had put some cheese in the grits…
A: but alas, you thought wrong! and really there was hardly any butter in the grits either. only a tablespoon or two for the whole dish! but i always make my polenta/grits with whole milk and water so it gives them a creaminess you don’t always acheive with water alone. this was certainly not a… ah… healthy meal… but my god it was tasty. it had everything… bacon, cheese, whole milk, butter… and some veggies and a pseudo-ish grain. mmm.
T: Yeah, it was rich. Although it wasn’t too filling, so I was able to put down quite a bit
A: i’ll admit this: when i pulled it out of the oven and saw some grease pooling on top i took immediate action and soaked it all up with a handy dandy paper towel. hopefully that helped some!
T: Well I certainly had no complaints about this one. I give it a 4.6/5. Flavor-wise, it was superb. I guess it could have scored higher if it had been a touch healthier, but… eh. I don’t care too much about that. It tasted good, I liked it mucho, and I will happily gobble it up if you ever make it again.
A: now you know i rarely… if ever… make the exact same thing twice. but, i do think we’ll be seeing this dish in some form in the future. i really dug it too. i am actually giving it the exact same score as you! 4.6/5. and pretty much for the same reasons… if the meal had been a touch healthier as well as that tasty it could have rated higher, but hey! we’re young! it’ll be decades before we need open heart surgery.
T: yeah and by then there will be little robots that come through the air and fix it for us anyway, so who gives a damn about heart health? Word to the wise (from the really wise): eat beef now.