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1. Gather the ingredients

  • polenta (a cup per person)
  • half pepper
  • a few mushrooms
  • a few olives
  • a bunch of sage

Two-kind tomato salsa

  • a cup of multicolored cherry tomatoes
  • 4 sundried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion
  • a bunch of basil
  • 2 spoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of marine salt and pepper

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2. Re-hydrate the sundried tomatoes

Re-hydrate the sundried tomatoes in hot water for at least 30 minutes or until soft. Leave aside for using in the salsa.

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3. Make the polenta

Use the proportion 1 cup of polenta (per person) to 3 cups of water. Boil the water in a pan and sprinkle in the polenta stirring constantly over moderate heat for about 5 minutes, until thick and smooth.

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4. Place polenta in a tray

Remove polenta from the heat and spread in a tray. Don’t make it too high or too low, just about the height of the shapes on your cookie cutters. Place in the fridge for half an hour until it settles.

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5. Cut the shapes

Take the polenta tray out of the fridge and cut the shapes with a cookie cutter. Leave aside.

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6. Make the 2-tomato salsa

Chop the re-hydrated sundried tomatoes, the multicolored cherry tomatoes, half onion, basil and garlic. Place in a bowl and mix with olive oil, salt and pepper.

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7. Sauté

Cut the mushrooms and the other half of the onion and sauté in a pan with a bit of oil.

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8. Quickly grill and decorate

Brush with oil and quickly grill the polenta shapes until golden. Take out and decorate with as many colors and flavors you can. Enjoy!

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