This simple dish containing a creamy polenta topped with pan fried sardine fillets and a splash of fresh garlic sauce is absolutely to die for especially if you are a garlic lover like I am ;-)
To paste the garlic I’m using a Mortar and pestle (I am using this mortar).
If you prefer your polenta to be denser, pour it into a dish, let it cool slightly for 10-15 mins and then cut/serve into chunks.
But for a softer one which is my all time favourite, you will need to serve it scooped out immediately before it has hardened and top it up with these beautiful sardine fillets perfectly panfried and a beautiful garlic sauce.
It can be a little tricky with the polenta to get it to the right texture and this is because it really depends on the cornflour/cornmeal as some ‘swallow' more water than others. You can always juggle with the water or the cornflour amounts.
Don't panic! If you want it in a denser texture add more flour, and if it turned out denser than your liking then add some more boiling water (from a kettle) till you get it the right texture. It is all a learning process don’t worry. I don’t always get it the way I want it every time. This is also because there are so many types on the market and some are more starchy than others. One thing is certainn. the more you will be cooking it, the better will get. Just juggle with either water or the polenta flour till’s perfecto! ?
Of course my suggestion would be if you do not like the garlic sauce then feel free to sprinkle with an indulgent amount of grated or shaved Parmesan cheese or any other cheese that you would like such a nice mature cheddar. I tell you what.... I LOVE it with feta cheese too. A lot ;-) I do both though as I can not give up on either the cheese nor the garlic. HA HA.
Oh, I feel like dancing with joy already and yes I might need to hit the gym after so much cheese but... who cares, I’ll do whatever but cut any corners/cheese amounts on this dish. No wayyyy!! ;-))
Enjoy this delicious dish with a nice sea bass, makerel, sea bream, cod, fillet instead of sardines or whatever fish you prefer! Make it nice and crisp and it will be heaven.Yum!