Apr 012013

Ground Beef with Polenta from Simple Recipes Dot Me (1)

I hope you all had a great weekend, either celebrating Easter, Passover or just an enjoyable weekend…

I love to make this dish…it is simple and so delicious. Not to mention so comforting…
This time I added a little jalapeno in the polenta, which added an extra flavor to it. It is so good when you scoop the polenta together with the ground beef and its sauce…yum!

Anyway, enough of bragging about how delicious this dish it is…lets be practical…


Ground Beef

2 garlic cloves chopped finely
1 small onion cut into small pieces
Approximately 12oz lean ground beef
1 can stew tomatoes
¼ teaspoon ground all spice
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Soft Polenta

1/3 cup cornmeal
2 cups water
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon finely chopped jalapeno
Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh basil leaves

Ground Beef with Polenta from Simple Recipes Dot Me (2)

Ground Beef with Polenta from Simple Recipes Dot Me (3)

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In a medium sauce pan, sauté garlic and onion in the olive oil until slightly golden brown. Add the ground beef until browned using medium high heat.

Add the ground all spice, dry oregano and the can of stewed tomatoes. Once the mixture starts to boil, lower the heat to low and cover the pan. Let is cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until the ground beef is soft.

In the meantime cook the polenta by adding the polenta in the boiling water with butter. Stir constantly in low heat until the fully cooked. As the cornmeal cooks the texture will change from watery to cream consistency. Add the jalapeno, mix gently and remove the polenta from the heat.

To assemble the plate, scoop the polenta in the center of a deep dish and using the back of the spoon make an indent. Add the ground beef on the little crater. Garnish with fresh basil or freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

Ground Beef with Polenta from Simple Recipes Dot Me (5)

Ground Beef with Polenta from Simple Recipes Dot Me (6)

If you enjoy this simple and delicious dish with soft polenta, you might want to check on Chicken with Soft Polenta or Polenta with Sausage.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that polenta or its variety is widely used throughout Europe, Africa, North and South America?

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Jun 112012

This is a very tasty dish, I love the combination of the chicken, especially when the chicken is cooked in wine and a creamy cheesy polenta…very satisfying.
This is a very simple recipe in spite of the many steps and a couple of pans that is needed for the dish.


Chicken in Wine Sauce

2 chicken breasts
4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small onion, chopped
½ cup of red wine
1 can stew tomatoes
Fresh cilantro to taste
1 tablespoon butter + ½ tablespoon olive oil

Creamy Polenta

½ cup polenta
1 ¾ cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
¼ shredded fontina cheese (or any of your preference)
Salt and pepper to taste


Chicken in Wine Sauce

Slice the chicken and marinate with garlic, salt and pepper. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes then add the flour. Mix gently and pan fry in butter and olive oil, making sure that both side are golden brown. Add the onion, stewed tomatoes and wine. Let the chicken cook first in high heat, then lower the temperature to medium low until the sauce is reduced to half. Add salt and pepper to taste and just before removing from heat add the cilantro.

Creamy Polenta

Place the polenta and the chicken broth and milk in a pan. Stir constantly in low heat. Once start to boil add the butter and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring so it will not create a thick crust at the bottom of the pan. Add the cheese, salt and pepper.

Serve the chicken over the cheesy polenta.

If you enjoy this simple recipes of chicken in wine sauce with cheesey polenta you might want to check on polenta with sausage or chicken with soft polenta.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that polenta creamy texture is due to the starch from the in the corn, and is considered poor people’s food?

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Sep 122011

Chicken with Mushroom Served with Soft Polenta

This is a fairly simple dish. The combination of chicken with crimini mushroom in a light wine sauce together with the creamy soft polenta is delicious. The polenta being soft and creamy absorbs the sauce from the chicken…therefore is loaded of flavor.


1 chicken breast, cut in strips.
2 tablespoon all purpose flour
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
½ red onion thinly sliced
8 oz crimini mushroom, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup red wine

1/3 cup cornmeal
1 2/3 cup chicken broth
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon butter


To the chicken breast add salt, pepper and flour. Mix gently so all the chicken strips are slightly cover with flour.

In the meantime boil the chicken broth with cornmeal, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook in low heat for approximately 5-8 minutes.

In a pan melt the butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil and stir fry the chicken until golden brown both side. Set aside. In the same pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the garlic, when the garlic turns golden add the onion, until almost soft, then add the mushroom. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes and add the red wine. Cook for 2 more minutes.

To serve, spoon the soft polenta on the plate by making generous dent in the middle. Spoon the chicken with mushroom on top of the polenta. Serve hot.

Hope you enjoy this dish and have a great day!

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D? Vitamin D has an important role in maintaining the calcium balance in the bones by promoting calcium absorption in the intestine, therefore a potential treatment for osteoporosis.


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May 102010

This is a very simple and easy meal, you have the carbs, the protein and the fibers all in one plate. When I made this dish, my husband comment was kind of funny: “I don’t know what it is, but sure looks nice”, after he tasted the polenta and sausage he mention that is was really good, even repeated 🙂


1 ½ cup corn meal
2 cups chicken broth
1 chili finely chopped
1 tablespoon butter
Salt to taste

2 Kielbasa sausage (or any of your preference)
1 small onion
½ cup parsley, chopped
2~3 cups of broccoli
½ tablespoon light soy sauce
½ tablespoon olive oil


Boil the chicken broth and add the corn meal, mixing gently, add the chili, salt and the butter.

Cook for a few minutes and the mixture will turn thick.

Set aside.

In a pan, heat the olive oil, sautee sausage, and remove the sausage once it is slightly brown, in the same oil add the onion. Once the onion is ready add the broccoli, sautee for a minute, add back the sausage, then parsley and the soy sauce.

Mix quickly and turn off the heat.


Spoon the polenta in the middle of a plate, by making a small indention in the middle of the polenta. Top it with the sausage and broccoli. Serve warm.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that polenta was originally made with chestnut meal? In now days, polenta is made mainly with cornmeal. Polenta can be made into various textures, from porridge to hardy consistency. In Brazil, polenta is often shaped into balls or patties and fried, and served in a crispy and golden brown crust.

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