Perpetual spinach, caramelized onions & fried polenta

The spinach came from the farmer's market. It was called "perpetual spinach" and billed as being similar to chard. The leaves are huge. Here they are in my sink for scale:

I made up a small batch of polenta last night and let it harden on a buttered plate. I just needed one more thing--some fresh farmstand onions to caramelize.

Now I'm ready!

  • about a dozen (or more) small white onions
  • big bunch of spinach or chard
  • 4 T butter
  • polenta that you've made & hardened in advance (my recipe was a fast-cooking kind, I used 3 cups chicken stock to 1 cup polenta, added 3 T parmesan cheese, all according to the package)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 T olive oil

Wash the spinach. Here it is again in our drying rack. HUGE!

Cut the top & bottom off each onion and slice it into sticks/crescents. Melt 2 T butter in a pan and start sauteing onion slowly.

Keep stirring now and then for about 20 minutes, keeping covered while it cooks. Add another pat of butter once in a while. If you have the time and the butter, you can do this on super-low heat for up to an hour. The longer you cook, the sweeter and smaller the onions will get.

Next, prepare the spinach. Cut it into 2-3 inch strips and put it, still wettish, into a large pot with 1 T olive oil. Crush 3 cloves of garlic over it. Ideally you'll have enough to fill the pot.

Cover and heat the spinach over medium-low heat. You don't need any water other than what's clinging to the leaves. (But if you get paranoid and add a little extra, that's OK.) It'll cook down a lot.

Meanwhile, heat the other 1 T olive oil in a nonstick pan. Cut your plate's worth of polenta into pie-shaped wedges--as thin or wide as you like. Fry them for about 3 minutes per side, until each side is mostly golden brown.

To serve, spoon caramelized onions over a few polenta wedges, with spinach on the side.

Busy July

The heat makes my brain stop working. Seems to me that in my winter posts, I mention that the cold stops my brain too. So the only times of year when I can think are possibly spring and fall. Will have to remember to try thinking about that then.

There will be no Beef Jerky Time on July 23, but I'll be back on the 30th with an ALL-BECK special edition, to celebrate the release of his latest, Modern Guilt. Keep it tuned to for all your community radio needs. Here are some recent playlists--happy Bastille day & stuff!

Playlist 7*9*08
  • Happy Hour: The Housemartins
  • Messenger: Pinback
  • Naked As We Came: Iron & Wine
  • Voila l'été: Les Negresses Vertes
  • Banquet: Bloc Party
  • You Can't Push Me Away: The Sinking Ships
  • Keep Your Eyes Ahead: The Helio Sequence
  • Crawlspace: Beastie Boys
  • Bookshop Casanova: The Clientele
  • London Bridge: Fergie
  • Baby Boy: Crystal Skulls
  • Let Me Go Where My Pictures Go: Ludus
  • Shaded Forest: Deastro
  • Valerie: Steve Winwood

Playlist 7*15*08
  • D.A.N.C.E.: Justice
  • Poison (Van She Tech remix): Martina Topley-Bird
  • Walk Like An Egyptian: The Bangles
  • L.E.S. Artistes (XXXChange remix): Santogold
  • Destroy Everything You Touch: Ladytron
  • The Underdog: Spoon
  • Monkey Woopie Song: The Wiyos
  • Birds of Prey: Von Iva
  • Rainbowarriors: CocoRosie
  • Future: Cut Copy
  • Merry Making at My Place: Calvin Harris
  • Balloons: Foals
  • Can I Get Get Get: Junior Senior
  • Ezy Ryder: Jimi Hendrix

Quickie post

Just got back from vacation but want to get this up for fans of Beef Jerky Time! This is from ages ago, back on July 2, 2008. 'Member then?

  • Ana Ng: They Might Be Giants
  • Melody Day: Caribou
  • La Vie en Rose: Grace Jones
  • Blessed Light: Great Northern
  • It's Love: Misty Wizard
  • Stop Being Perfect: The LK
  • I Feel It All: Feist
  • Hotwax: Beck
  • The Kid's Don't Stand a Chance: Vampire Weekend
  • Middle Man: Bright Eyes
  • Gronlandic Edit: Of Montreal
  • Turn You Inside Out: R.E.M.