Fresh Corn Polenta with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

Peter Berley shares a recipe perfect for late summer
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Fresh Corn Polenta with Sautéed Cherry Tomatoes

Recipe adapted from Peter Berley, Fresh Food Fast (HarperCollins)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes



3 cups water

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup coarse polenta or corn grits

2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 2 medium ears of corn)


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 pints cherry tomatoes

2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped

½ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes

¼ cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs (such as oregano, basil, tarragon and parsley)

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


1. Make the polenta: Preheat the oven to 200°. To a medium saucepan set over medium-high heat, add the water and bring it to a boil. Add the butter, salt, polenta and corn and gently stir until the water returns to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the polenta is thick and smooth, 5 to 7 minutes. Cover the saucepan and transfer to the oven to keep warm.

2. Make the tomatoes: To a large skillet set over high heat, add the olive oil, tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until the tomatoes burst, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the herbs and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Season with the salt and black pepper.

3. Divide the polenta among 4 bowls and top with the sautéed tomatoes. Sprinkle with the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and serve. Calories per Serving: 350; Sodium: 770mg; Total Carbohydrate: 42g; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 7g; Fat: 18g

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