Creamy, hearty gourmet “peasant food” that’s a flavorful base for fabulous Weeknight Beef Bourguignon, Duck Ragu or just perfectly plain!
Start Overnight Thyme Parmesan Polenta the night before to make it a fast weekday sensation any time you want polenta! That’s what makes it a perfect addition to the Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner – World Tour Week menus!
Normally, you’d have to fuss over a big pot of polenta for at least 35 minutes for so. It’s ends up being a fairly hands-on job if you don’t want to scorch your pan or polenta. And that seems like a bit too much for a weekday dinner. That’s why Overnight Thyme Parmesan Polenta is such a blessing on a Thursday evening!
You’ll find the recipe card for Overnight Thyme Parmesan Polenta at the bottom of this post.
This fabulous and fast polenta is served on the fourth night of my World Tour Week’s menu. I’ve paired it with a fabulous Weeknight Beef Bourguignon recipe that you cook, from start to finish in less than an hour! How’s that for a weeknight dinner hack?
The meal is rounded out with a delightful side dish of Haricots Verts with Pancetta Shallot Butter for a fabulous trip to Paris on a lovely Thursday evening!
Once Thursday’s dinner is over, you’ll be smoothing your “planned” leftover polenta into a rimmed baking pan.
It will be kept tightly covered in the refrigerator until you need it for Sunday’s supper.
On Sunday, you’ll get your pan of firm polenta out of the refrigerator, along with a whole host of fresh vegetables!
You’re making Roman Gnocchi with Mediterranean Vegetable Sauce for a delicious vegetarian meal to end your week of Weekday Gourmand menus.
The sauce is chock-full of grape tomatoes, red onion, artichokes and olives with a splash of balsamic vinegar.
It’s perfect atop the crispy parmesan crusted Roman Gnocchi!
Make Overnight Thyme Parmesan Polenta once. Then use the leftovers for a second “Weekday Gourmand” meal of Roman Gnocchi with Mediterranean Vegetable Sauce. Leftovers never tasted so good!
What’s the accompanying side dish for this delightful Italian entree?
I‘ll share the picture for Green Apple and Arugula Salad with Blue Cheese and Sugared Walnuts a little later in this post.
Keep reading to see what’s on the rest of the World Tour Week’s menu. If you’re serious about eating fabulous dinners all week long, then you’ll love my Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner Series.
I’m thrilled to introduce you to a new series I’ll be featuring here at Ingredients For A Fabulous Life. The Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner features 7 days of gourmet dinner menus, not just one recipe per day.
Periodically I’ll add a new week of fresh and creative gourmet menus and recipes for you to try at home. I think you’ll love the “Weekday Gourmand” meal planning concept I’ve come up with for you.
Not only do you eat fabulous meals every night, my menu plans are created to use up all your ingredients too! Yes, you’ll need some pancetta for WEEKNIGHT BEEF BOURGUIGNON and HARICOTS VERTS WITH SHALLOT- PANCETTA BUTTER on Thursday.
But you’ll use up the rest making CRISPY PANCETTA RICE CAKES WITH TOMATO BASIL RELISH the very next day. It’s just that simple!
So, now you’ve got an arsenal filled with 15 fabulous weeknight gourmet recipes. That’s great, but how do you work the “menu plan” itself?
I created my printable Weekday Gourmand’s 9 Page Meal Planner to help you execute the entire week’s menus. Here’s what it contains, and how it will help you have a stress-free week of gourmet meals. I’ve done all the thinking, planning and calculating for the whole week’s menu, so you won’t have to.
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OVERNIGHT INSTRUCTIONS: Prep polenta as instructed before bed the night before you want to serve it. In the morning, place the polenta in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Bring the polenta back to room temperature before continuing with recipe.
Calorie and fat count will vary with portion size.