I suppose we all get used to brands and products that we like. But, as we know, sometimes change is good.
When Massel approached me with an opportunity to review their products, I was curious since I had not tried it before. I liked the fact that their products are clean, free of things like gluten, dairy, MSG and preservatives.
Thank you to Massel for providing the following information:
When the samples arrived, I wasn’t sure what to try first; veggie, beef, chicken or turkey. I didn’t notice right away that after each of these words on the label was the phrase “style”; these are all made with vegetables. Now I was really intrigued. It’s actually fun for me since I love a challenge.
My first recipe to tackle was making a flavorful polenta without dairy. I was getting ready for a party with at least one guest who can’t tolerate any dairy. That means no butter, cream, milk or cheese. Olive oil gives the polenta a great texture but it also needs flavor. The veggie bouillon seemed like it would work, so I gave it a chance.
Look for another post from me soon. I’ll be making a hearty chicken-less stew from my cookbook with a Massel product. For now, enjoy the polenta!
Grilled Vegan Polenta Circles
3 cups water
2-3 Massel veggie bouillon cubes
1 cup coarse polenta
1 tablespoon olive oil plus 2 teaspoons
1/2 – 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1. Bring water to a boil in a medium to large pot. Add bouillon cubes. Stir until the cube is dissolved. While water is boiling, slowly add polenta in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper (start with the 1/2 teaspoon of salt and add more if necessary).
2. Lower heat and simmer until thickened. If bubbling, lower the heat. Stir occasionally. Continue to cook the polenta until thick (about 15-20 minutes) and pour into a greased baking pan.
3. Let cool for 10-15 minutes or refrigerate until the next day, covered.
4. Heat medium to large sauté pan over medium heat. While the pan heats, cut polenta into circles. Place the circles on a plate.
5. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil to the pan. Add polenta and fry on each side until golden brown. Serve immediately with the red pepper sauce.
Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
2-3 red bell peppers
2-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1-2 garlic cloves (if you want something less pungent, roast them first)
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoons sea salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1. Roast the red peppers directly over a gas flame or under the broiler, turning occasionally, until the peppers are blackened all over.
2. Immediately transfer the peppers to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap or place them in a brown lunch size bag and fold it up. Let cool about 10-15 minutes. Peel the peppers and discard the skins, seeds and cores.
3. In a food processor, combine the peppers with the olive oil, garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper. Puree until very smooth. Season the sauce with more salt and pepper if needed.