I was very excited when I read Meredith's choice for this week's Symon Sundays. When my sister took me to Lolita for my birthday, my brother-in-law ordered the Mascarpone Polenta, which was fantastic! This really is a soft, creamy polenta, and as Chef Symon says, it could easily replace mashed potatoes in a dish. It is fantastic right out of the pot, but I did have leftovers, which I chilled and will eventually cut and pan fry. I rarely think to make polenta as the starch in a dish, but this would also be great as a base for any stew type dish.
Meredith's other choice was Veal Chops Milanese with Arugula Salad. I don't eat veal, and Chef Symon states it is equally delicious with chicken or pork, so I used chicken. I also baked mine instead of frying, and it came out great. JJ doesn't like arugula, so I made romaine, but to add a punch of flavor to mine, I added green olives. I love the panko in this dish because it makes the chicken so crunchy without pan frying.
For the recipes, please check Meredith's blog, and come back here later for a round-up of everyone's recipes!