May 12, 2010

Two Guys, Polenta, and My Mom

A belated Happy Mother's Day to all you mamas out there. I've been terribly behind on posting due to the bug that's been floating around my office. Starts with a sore throat, grows into a hacking cough that just won't quit, and then sinus pressure sets in. Not fun. I was knocked out for a good half of last week, and while we were originally planning on taking Babs out to Palermo's for her special day, we nixed the idea since I was still under the weather. She's raves about their Goat Cheese Polenta nonstop, so I decided to try my hand on recreating their marvelous dish.

Not too long ago, Two Guys Food Group contacted me offering me a sample of their Jersey Tomato Sauce. What I really liked about this company was that their sauce is all natural and low is sodium and sugar. Jarred tomato sauce that is low in sugar and sodium is hard to come by. CEO Scott Stark says,
"Tomatoes are naturally flavorful on their own way and they do not need extra salt, sugar and other additives to make them taste better. My father is diabetic, and it was important to me to create a delicious, gluten free, low sodium and no sugar added sauce that he can enjoy."
In order for a product to become "Certified Jersey Fresh" 60% of the ingredients must come from New Jersey. Jersey tomatoes are far superior than others because they acquire their wonderous taste and texture from the soil and climatic conditions of central and southern New Jersey. The recipe consists of whole or crushed Jersey tomatoes, imported Italian olive oil, onion, garlic, basil, sea salt, oregano and black pepper. Delicious. It tasted so fresh and incredibly flavorful. The garlic and spices popped right gooood! If that didn't get your taste buds interested, wait until you meet the polenta I paired it with!

One of my all time favorite bloggers is Jenn from The Whole Kitchen. She is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and a super duper awesome friend. She makes everything from scratch, and I mean everything! Roasts her own red peppers, whips up her own corn tortillas, and even makes homemade Nutella. I love her blog to pieces and not too long ago she posted a recipe for Roasted Polenta Wedges. I vowed to one day make them, and they were exactly what I was looking for to replicate the infamous goat cheese polenta from the restaurant.

They turned out wonderfully. Full of flavor from both the fresh Jersey Tomato Sauce and all the bold flavors of rosemary, thyme, and Parmesan cheese. Yum!

The Poor Man's Goat Cheese Polenta

Polenta on Foodista


Lisa Williams said...

Double YUM!!!!

Jenn Sutherland said...

Awww, you are TOO SWEET, Betsy! Glad you liked the polenta! Annnnnd, I'm on Day 2 of the crud - no cough yet, so I'm hoping that part stays away, though 2 weeks later, Mark still has the cough.

Betsy said...

Right back atcha, Jenn! I was fighting it Monday/Tuesday. I think my body was telling me to wait until the S&S dinner was over. I couldn't get out of bed the next morning. I hope you can fight it off, and Mark too!

Julie said...

Hey Betsy- This looks great! I'm with you, I love polenta grilled, roasted...whatever! I'm not a huge goat cheese fan, but I bet this would work well with any variety of other cheeses eh?