Polenta Incantenata

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 branch rosemary, leaves stripped and coarsely chopped

3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

One 1-pound piece pork belly 

1/2 cup beer 

1 small bunch collard greens, tough ribs removed, sliced into 1/4-inch ribbons and roughly chopped 

One 13-ounce package instant polenta 

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the rosemary, sage, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and some salt and pepper. Score the pork belly and rub it with the herb mixture. Place the pork in a baking dish, add the beer, cover with foil, and cook for 3 hours. Set aside to cool, then roughly chop the pork belly.
  3. While the pork is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the collards; cook for 3 minutes, then drain and rinse in cold water to stop cooking. Squeeze the greens by hand to remove excess water. Set aside.
  4. In a separate pot, bring 6 or 7 cups of water and the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to a boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and slowly pour in the polenta. Cook for a couple minutes, stirring continuously. When the polenta begins to thicken, stir in the collard greens, pork and parsley and mix well; the finished polenta should be fairly loose. Serve.