Grilled Polenta Cakes for #SundaySupper

Sep 30, 2012 by

Here we are again, another #SundaySupper. Can you believe that September is over already? Where does the time go!? Soon enough, we’ll be Thanksgiving, Trick-Or-Treat-ing, Tree decorating then Mistletoe-ing :-) I really do enjoy the fall season ~ the beautiful colours, the food, and the change in fashion. There’s just so much to appreciate.

Back in May, I shared a recipe by Cristina Ferrare for #SundaySupper. The recipe was called Fall Off The Bone Chicken and my family enjoyed every bite. The theme for that Sunday, was to prepare a recipe from Cristina’s cookbook called Big Bowl Of Love. I really enjoy her recipes and there were a few that I wanted to try. This recipe fits very well with todays #SundaySupper theme which is “Meals with five ingredients or less”. Our fabulous host is Amber of Mama’s Blissful Bites! We will be sharing recipes all day, but please do join us during our #SundaySupper Twitter chat at 7pm EST. Join the fun and share your favourite recipes and get meal ideas and inspiration while you’re at it! Whether you’re on a budget, want to use up some pantry items, or just need to whip up something quickly~ you’ll have a wonderful list of ideas to consider from our lineup this week!


Grilled Polenta Cakes


Grilled Polenta Cakes

Recipe Type: Starter, Appetizer, Snack
Author: Lyn, adapted from Cristina Ferrare
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Cook time:
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Serves: 4-6
Polenta, Tomato Sauce & Spinach!
  • 1 tube polenta, removed from casing, cut into ½-inch slices, and patted dry with paper towels
  • Approximately ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup Garlic & Herb Tomato Sauce (Or a tomato sauce of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup baby spinach (a generous handful)
  1. Brush both sides of the polenta cakes with the olive oil, and set aside.
  2. On a hot griddle pan, place the polenta slices in one layer on the pan
  3. Grill for 10-12 minutes on each side or until both sides are golden and have grill marks
  4. Remove the slices from the grill and let cool on a baking rack
  5. In a small saucepan, add tomato sauce and bring to a gentle boil
  6. Add the spinach and stir until combined and warmed through
  7. Just before you are ready to serve, preheat the oven to 350°F
  8. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
  9. Arrange the grilled polenta cakes on the baking sheet
  10. Place a heaping tablespoon of the tomato sauce with spinach on each slice, then add a pinch of parmesan cheese on top
  11. Bake for about 15 minutes
  12. Garnish with fresh parsley, salt & pepper to taste
  13. Serve and enjoy

Adapted from – Page(s): 55-55, Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love (Delight Family and Friends with More than 150 Simple, Fabulous Recipes) by Cristina Ferrare


This recipe is really simple and easy – my favourite kind. I was interested in this recipe because I have always made polenta from scratch. This would be the first time that I would be buying ready-made polenta. It certainly was easier! I won’t make this a habit but at least I’ll be able to compare and know the difference. All I really needed was polenta, tomato sauce, spinach and parmesan cheese. I think this makes a great appetizer, side dish or a very tasty snack!


Grilled Polenta Cakes



Grilled Polenta Cakes – Grilled Polenta, Tomato Sauce with Spinach & Parmesan Cheese


Here’s the lineup for todays #SundaySupper:

Breakfast, Starters, Butters and Jams:

Main Dishes:





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Cristina Ferrare’s Fall Off The Bone Chicken for #SundaySupper

May 20, 2012 by

I’m very pleased to participate in this weeks #SundaySupper. Our very special guest is Cristina Ferrare and we are preparing  recipes from her latest book titled “Big Bowl of Love”. The list of bloggers and links can be found at the end of my post. I have not yet purchased the book but Cristina’s website had a nice selection to choose from. At first, I couldn’t decide on what recipe to make. I thought about a traditional dinner and chose “Sunday Supper Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs”. I had all the ingredients! Perfect! I can’t wait to see everyone’s posts! I think I’ll be making a few more recipes from Big Bowl of Love.

In a Caribbean household, Sunday supper is very important and brings families together to catch up on the past week and have spirited discussions about current events and life in general. Traditionally, Sunday supper is served between 1pm – 4pm (after church) so that you can rest and enjoy each others company for the rest of the evening. A Sunday supper may involve one or two meats – Chicken (for sure) and perhaps beef. Jamaican Rice and Peas is a given on a Sunday, and of course a salad, a side dish and then dessert. Clearly, Sunday is the best day to visit a Jamaican household. I decided to pair Cristine’s Fall Off The Bone Chicken with Jamaican style Rice and Peas and a Tomato Salad. This recipe is filled with fresh herbs and the oven does all the work.


Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs, Rice and Peas, Tomatoes.


The original recipe called for 12 pieces of chicken however, I used 8 pieces. I made very small adjustments to accommodate this slight change – specifically with the quantity of broth that I used. I reduced it. Mainly because the dish wasn’t large enough to hold more than the 3/4 Cup of broth that I used. It worked out very well!


Fall Off The Bone Chicken for #SundaySupper
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Cristine Ferrare, slightly adapted by Lyn
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 1 hour 45 mins
Total time: 2 hours 5 mins
Serves: 4
A roasted chicken recipe using fresh herbs, perfect for a Sunday Supper. Recipe slightly adapted from the book Big Bowl Of Love by Cristine Ferrare
  • 8 Chicken Thighs (skin on), washed and patted dry
  • 1/3 Cup Honey Dijon Mustard
  • Juice of one small lemon
  • 1/3 Cup Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Fine Herbs
  • 1 Tsp Fennel Seeds (Anise Seeds)
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Sprig Rosemary
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F (Roast)
  2. In a medium measuring cup, add mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce and olive oil. stir/whisk to combine.
  3. In an oven proof baking dish, pour a little of the mixture and spread with a spoon.
  4. Add all 8 pieces of chicken to the dish, skin side up
  5. Lightly season chicken with salt and pepper
  6. Pour the remaining mixture over the chicken
  7. Over the chicken, sprinkle fine herbs, fennel seeds, kosher salt and pepper.
  8. Place the Thyme and Rosemary over the chicken
  9. Cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes
  10. Uncover and baste with the liquid. Add chicken broth. Roast for another 60 minutes, basting every 15-20 minutes
  11. Watch closely as you do not want the skin to burn. Cover with foil if needed to achieve a nicely browned colour

The original recipe called for 12 pieces of chicken. I used 8 pieces so I reduced the liquid from 3 cups to 3/4 cup.
Cooking with the skin on the chicken increases the oil left in the dish. Remove as much of the oil/fat as possible before serving the gravy


The mixture of mustard (I used Honey Dijon instead of plain), lemon juice, soy sauce and olive oil smelled great! I was so curious at this point because this was the first time that I would be using this combination of ingredients.


Coating the chicken


It was nice to use these fresh herbs. I got the chance to open my bottle of Fine Herbs. It consists of (but not limited to) a mixture of dried Oregano, Marjoram, Parsley, Basil and Chervil.


Chicken covered in herbs, ready for the oven


The chicken was beautifully browned and seriously moist. The skin was certainly holding the meat together. I considered using skinless thighs but I’m glad I didn’t. The pieces would have fallen apart! There was quite a bit of liquid left in the dish. I simply skimmed the oil (as best as possible) from the surface, then strained about 1/2 cup or so for the gravy.


Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs. Recipe by Cristina Ferrare  for #SundaySupper


The Sunday Supper spread! Chicken, Rice & Peas, Tomatoes!



I found another way to add Tomatoes into my meal. Keep it as colourful and interesting as possible. Hence, the Yellow Tomatoes.


Red and Yellow Tomatoes


I enjoyed the process of making this recipe. I see why Cristina gave this dish the title of Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs.


Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs with Jamaican Rice and Peas, Tomato Salad on the side for Sunday Supper. Chicken recipe by Cristina Ferrare from the book “Big Bowl of Love”


Here are the bloggers along with their selection of recipes from Big Bowl of Love by Cristina Ferarre. Please visit them and show some love! We are so proud to be sharing such awesome recipes!  Please join us on Twitter every Sunday from 3pm EST where we will share tips and inspiration as well as meet some great new people. Follow along using the hashtag #SundaySupper using (or similar for Twitter chats).


Our recipes will be perfectly paired with wine chosen by Wine Every Day.



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