Friday, January 09, 2009
Gluten-Free Recipe : Polenta Vegetable Lasagna
Looking for a simple way to create a gluten-free lasagna in a hurry? How about using pre-made polenta instead of lasagna noodles? My daughter created this gluten-free lasagna recipe while home for the holidays, and I found it quite enjoyable and delicious.
The recipe reminded me of "normal" (noodle / pasta based) lasagna quite a bit, since it still makes use of those all important lasagna components: cheese and tomato sauce / pasta sauce. But, it was also slightly different thanks to the flavor variation and texture differences from the polenta.
Layers of cheese, polenta, tomato/pasta-sauce, and vegetables come together in a baked lasagna that is simple and easy to prepare, and the number of servings can easily be scaled up as needed by choosing a larger pan and just more of the same ingredients.
The ingredients are somewhat free-form and you can vary them as you see fit in order to meet your tastes. For example, you can certainly use different vegetables if you do not have zucchini available or prefer eggplant instead, etc. This dish is all about simplicity and quick variations, so experiment with the concept and have some fun creating your own gluten-free polenta lasagna.
Here is a link to the recipe on our gluten-free recipe library site:
Gluten-Free Vegetable Polenta Lasagna Recipe
And, though you can certainly make you own polenta from scratch for use in this recipe, we purchased a pre-made gluten-free polenta "roll" (a plastic-enclosed cylinder / tube / roll shape package about 8" long and 3" round). We found a brand at the grocery store that was clearly labeled "gluten free", and chose a basil/garlic variety (there were a few flavors available in gluten-free options). This made preparation VERY simple, as it just was a matter of slicing the polenta roll into thin circles that would be layered into the lasagna dish recipe.
The end result is quite delicious and will remind you of traditional lasagna while also offering a unique variation on the common pasta dish.
Sorry it has been slow here on the Gluten-Free Blog, but I am still finding it hard to sit at a computer for any length of time since being in a car accident. I can deal with the back pain, but my neck really does not like something about being in a sitting position for more than an hour at a time or so. Hopefully this clears up soon! But, I am adapting, and trying to break up my work into 1/2hr-1hr slices, taking frequent breaks, in hopes of minimizing the pain. I have a HUGE backlog of product reviews, recipes, and more to get posted... here's hoping for some impressive productivity bursts in the coming weeks and months!