The BakeSpace Coast to Coast dish this round was saltimbocca. Here is my take:
Pork Saltimbocca On Grilled Polenta Squares With Grilled Green Pepper Puree.
Water or broth
Olive oil for grilling
Prosciutto or ham
Herbs/seasonings of your choice
Sage - didn't have so used rosemary
Green Pepper Puree-
Green Bell Peppers, whole
Fresh Parmesan Cheese, grated
Prepare your polenta using your favorite recipe or as directed on package. My basic recipe is as follows:
Bring 6 cups salted water or broth to boil. Add 2 cups polenta once the water starts to boil. Turn down to a simmer and simmer covered until it is thick and the grain is soft. Add a couple of tablespoons butter to taste. Be sure to use a deep pot and a long handled spoon because it spits as it simmers and trust me, those spit ups burn!
To make squares simply spread into a 9 x 13 pan. Use the bottom of another 9 x 13 pan to push down and compress the polenta so that you get solid and durable squares. Allow to cool in fridge for at least 30 min. I prefer a couple of hours.
On to the MEAT!
Pound chops until thin. I had a big package of Costco mile thick chops so I cut them in half horizontally. My meat mallet was no where to be found. I know I had one before I moved in with Matt but had a feeling it was outside in the storage building with all this his and her junk. Since it was cool and raining I decided to stay inside. While oinking on tummy warming polenta I found a citrus juicer to use instead.
To cheese or not to cheese. I elected to add cheese. The mixture spread below is a paste made with salt, pepper, fresh thyme, fresh oregano, garlic, olive oil, sour cream, crumbled mozzarella, and freshly grated Parmesan.
Place prosciutto or ham on top of the cheese.
Lay down sage, if you have it. There was no fresh sage to be found in town so I used some organic Rosemary that I received in my CSA box. In hindsight this was A LOT of rosemary. I am used to the half/mostly dead fresh rosemary that we get in the store here. Next time I will add a bit less!
Roll up and wrap with plastic. Place in the fridge for at least 30 min. I prefer to do this so that I don't have to use toothpicks later on.
Prep the polenta for grilling. Remove the polenta slab from the fridge and cut into squares.
Preheat the oven to 350. Pull the pork out of the fridge. Remove the plastic. Roll a very thin layer of panko and flour. I wanted a thin crisp layer, not a breading. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on a skillet and cook the pork until browned but not done in the center. Place the browned pork in oven to cook the rest of the way. Continue with remaining rolls if needed.
While the pork finishes in the oven grill the polenta. Brush one side of the polenta and also the grill with olive oil. Grill until crisp and grill marks appear.
Puree the bell peppers. Add olive oil and Parmesan to taste. Set aside.
Pull the pork out of the oven and let rest.
Brush the other side of the polenta with oil and flip to grill the other side. Remove from the grill.Plate and enjoy!
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