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Truffled White Corn Polenta with Kale

This polenta and kale dish is the creation of John Besh, chef at August, Besh Steak, La Provence and Lüke in New Orleans. It is the perfect accompaniment for his Sugar & Spice Duck (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups water
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups white corn polenta
  • 1 Tbs. white truffle oil
  • 1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb. kale, stems removed, leaves cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock

Directions:

In a saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a boil. Salt the water, then slowly whisk in the polenta and return the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the polenta is soft, about 30 minutes. Stir in the truffle oil and mascarpone, and season with salt and pepper. Remove the pan from the heat and keep warm.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the kale and stir to coat with the oil. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the stock. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until the kale is wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with the polenta. Serves 6.

Adapted from a recipe by John Besh, Chef, August, Besh Steak, La Provence and Lüke, New Orleans, LA.