Polenta squares with salmon (or any other shape you like)

Experimenting with polenta

The polenta

600 ml vegetable stock

200 ml whole milk

200 gram polenta

1 bay leaf

½ teaspoon ground coriander seeds

1 small chili pepper

Pepper and salt

The sauce and salmon

1 can tomatoes

1 onion

4 garlic cloves

2 capsicums

Smoked salmon

Cheese (I used Parmesan)

Parsley

To start with the capsicum, just open your gas fire small and put the capsicum on top. Keep turning until the skin is black at all sides. Let it cool down and peel, take the seeds out and slice them in stripes. Don’t wash!! You will wash away so much of the flavor.

Polenta: Bring the stock with the milk to a boil with the bay leaf, crushed coriander seeds and the whole chili pepper (if you like spicy, chopped the pepper). Poor in the polenta and stir. You have to keep stirring regularly because otherwise it will stick to the bottom of your pan. In the beginning the polenta is just laying on the bottom but you will see that it will become one mass eventually. Keep boiling on a low fire and stir until you can leave your wooden spoon in it straight up. This will take at least 20-30 minutes I’m afraid, but you will get as strong as an Italian mama.

When the polenta is done, you can add some butter or cream to make it more creamy and season well with pepper and salt. Pour the mixture in a shallow dish and put it in the fridge for at least an hour. The polenta will have to get entirely set.

So we can start with the sauce. Cut the onions in half rings and the garlic small. Bake the onion in some olive oil, add the garlic when the onion is soft and bake another minute or two. Add the capsicum and season with pepper and salt. Add the salmon only at the end.

When the polenta is set; cut it into pieces and bake them in a pan a little brown at all sides. This is to improve the texture; otherwise it will get like pudding in your mouth. Put the baked polenta in a oven proof bowl and add the sauce with the salmon. Garnish with cheese and if you like the cheese melted, put it under the grill for a couple of minutes. Otherwise, garnish with some chopped parsley and enjoy.

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Salmon burger

 

Salmon burger

1 pound minced salmon

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

4 tablespoons fine bulgur

1 egg

1/4 finely chopped red onion

4 tablespoons chili sauce

Fine polenta

pepper and saltpike place market

Mix the salmon, cilantro, bulgur, red onion, chili sauce, egg, pepper and salt. Put in the fridge for 10/15 minutes so the bulgur can soak up the liquids and make the mixture firmer. The mixture will stay quiet wet but that is alright, just handle it very light with your hands.

Put the polenta on a plate, form the burgers and dip all the sides in the polenta so the burger is completely covered.

Bake the burger in sun flower oil until golden.