To kick off the next few posts dedicated to Philadelphia, I wanted to start with something I made as a challenge from my grandmother. She's is a real Philadelphia eye-talian, and therefore she is the greatest cook. This summer, she told me how her mother (a Calabrese, from the toe of the boot) used to make polenta for breakfast in the most amazing way you've never considered: fried in maple syrup and butter and covered in powdered sugar. I mean, polenta is one of the most amazing foods ever, but as a sweet food? Incredible! I am not usually up for sweet foods for breakfast (unless we are splitting it 'for the table' and we all get savory items in addition, because that's always a great plan and it's how I suggest everybody do brunch from now on you're welcome), but this is something I would happily wake up for. Well, I don't happily wake up for anything but you get my point.
Grandmother said you have to use the polenta that comes in tubes for this (and nothing else!), so it holds its shape and sustains the flipping and the frying. There were no real measurements shared; you just add 'enough' of everything so it cooks up and tastes good. But I'll share what worked for me below! I was very skeptical of turning one of my favorite dinner foods into a breakfast (or dessert; I actually made it for dessert) treat, but what a treat it was! You must try this! I think it's so much better than French toast or something like that because it can't get soggy and it's actually good as leftovers. Also, this is the perfect sweet treat for ushering in the new year tonight on Rosh Hashanah! Add a few apple slices and it would be heaven!
FRIED SWEET POLENTA
Have you ever heard of something like this? Or tried it? Are you going to try it and tell me how delicious it is? I know I can't wait to have it again. Let's all thank my grandmother and Italians in general for their culinary wisdom. Happy new year!
The Spark of Creation
I love to cook. Love it! 9 times out of 10 I'd rather cook my own meal than have someone else (especially a stranger! Stranger danger!) make it for me. However, I am not a chef, so my recipes usually are haphazard slapdash ragamuffin mixtures of ingredients. Proceed with caution.