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Polenta with Swiss Chard and Pancetta
    Serves 4-6
Ingredients:
  • 7 oz. Jimtown Roasted Vegetable Caponata (1 container)
  • 2½ cups water
  • 2½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup polenta
  • 2 tsp sea or Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3 T butter, in thin slices
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, ribs diced separately and leaves cut into 2" x 1" pieces
  • ¼ pound pancetta, cut in ½" x ¼" pieces (lardons)
  • ½ onion, diced small
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method:

In a medium saucepan, over medium high heat bring milk and water to a boil. Whisk in the polenta, salt, and pepper, and return to a boil, whisking continuously. Turn to low heat, and simmer, whisking continuously, for 5 minutes. Float the butter in a thin layer on top of the polenta and leave at a low simmer, uncovered and without stirring for 45 minutes.
Brown the pancetta over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add the onions and chard ribs and cook until they are lightly brown and tender. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute, then add the chard leaves and cook until tender.
Carefully whisk the butter into the polenta until fully incorporated. Ladle a cup of polenta on each plate or large shallow bowl in an off-center position. Dollop a generous spoonful of Caponata on the polenta and top with a sprinkle of cheese. Serve the chard and pancetta next to the polenta.