baked polenta with feta bechamel

Baked polenta with feta, béchamel, and za’atar tomatoes

Baked polenta with feta, béchamel, and za’atar tomatoes

Baked polenta with feta, béchamel, and za’atar tomatoes excerpted from Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things” Copyright © 2022 by Yotam Ottolenghi LLP. Photographs copyright © 2022 by Elena Heatherwick.

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things: Bold, vegetable-forward recipes plus homemade sauces, condiments, and more to build a flavor-packed pantry: A Cookbook by Noor Murad and Yotam Ottolenghi

Extra Good Things is all about the secret culinary weapons—condiments, sauces, dressings, and more—that can make a good meal spectacular. The abundant, vegetable-forward recipes in this collection give you a delicious dish plus that special takeaway—a sauce, a sprinkle, a pickle!—that you can repurpose time and time again in other recipes throughout the week, with limitless opportunity. These extras help you stock your fridges and pantries the Ottolenghi way, so you can effortlessly accessorize your plates with pops of texture and colour, acidity and heat, and all the magical flavour bombs that keep you coming back for more.

And this is where the fun really begins, with extras like marinated feta, featured in a dish of oven-braised chickpeas, that can then be spooned onto your favourite salad or swirled into soup. Slow-cooked za’atar tomatoes top a polenta pizza for dinner but will also make the best-ever bruschetta or pasta sauce. Or a crispy, crunchy panko topping full of ginger, shallots, and sesame that you first meet on soba noodles but you’ll want to put on . . . well, just about everything. (more…)