Thursday, February 14, 2008
Valentine's Day main course
Here is the Valentine's day main course I promised.
1 pound pork meat
1 cup onion, cut
1 cup green bell peppers, cut
1/3 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup fire roasted red peppers, striped
1/2 cup beer ( lager)
3 tablespoons olive oil
salt, black pepper
Italian polenta, cut in heart shape
hot red pepper ( dry)
hard boiled eggs
1 carrot( sliced)
1 green pepper ( for the leaves)
pickeled beets ( for heart shape)
In a pan fry the pork meat( cut in small pieces)in olive oil, then add the onion, green pepper, carrots and red pepper. Sprinkle some salt and black pepper to taste and add the beer. Simmer until well cooked.
For the Italian polenta
6 cups water ( 4 to boil , 2 to mix with the corn meal)
2 cups corn meal
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
Boil the 4 cups of water and add the tsp salt.
Mix the 2 cups of water with the corn meal and stir thoroughly, then add them to the boiling water.
Stir constantly and turn down the heat. You have to stir until the mixture gets tick and difficult to stir. In a greased pan place the polenta. Let it completely cool down and then cut to the desired shape.
I cut hearts and then rolled them in a mix of paprika and dry red hot pepper.
* If you still have problems with the exact way how to make polenta, you can see this short movie here.
Place the pork with vegetables in a plate and decorate with the polenta hearts, the boiled eggs, and the beet hearts. Cut couple of leaves from a green pepper with a cookie cutter.
You can check the recipe in Bulgarian here.
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