Pan-Seared Polenta with Mediterranean Vegetables

Salting the sliced eggplant in this recipe helps to draw out the bitter-tasting liquid inside the vegetable. Rinse and dry the eggplant thoroughly after 30 minutes.


4 servings,(serving size: 2 slices polenta, 1 1/2 cups eggplant mixture, 1 tablespoon basil, 1 tablespoon pine nuts, and 1 tablespoon cheese)

Recipe from

Oxmoor House

Recipe Time

Prep: 18 Minutes
Cook: 23 Minutes
Other: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 295
Fat 10.3 g
Satfat 1.8 g
Protein 9.4 g
Carbohydrate 42.3 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Iron 3.0 mg
Sodium 972 mg
Caloriesfromfat 31 %
Fiber 5.4 g
Calcium 154 mg


4 cups cubed peeled eggplant (about 1 small)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 small zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 3 cups)
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, un-drained
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (17-ounce) tube polenta, cut into 8 slices
Olive oil-flavored cooking spray
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Sprinkle eggplant with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a colander; let stand 30 minutes. Rinse well; pat dry with paper towels.

Drain roasted bell peppers; cut peppers into 1-inch pieces. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggplant, zucchini, and onion; sauté 8 minutes. Add garlic and roasted bell pepper; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, vinegar, and pepper; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Set aside and keep warm.

Wipe pan with paper towels, and heat over medium-high heat. Coat polenta with cooking spray; add to pan. Sear on each side 3 to 4 minutes or until browned.

Place 2 slices of polenta on each of 4 plates; top evenly with eggplant mixture, basil, pine nuts, and cheese.


Oxmoor House Healthy Eating Collection

January 2005
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