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{Creamy Polenta with Spicy Tomato Chickpea Sauce}

Posted Aug 27 2014 12:55pm

I love a good impromptu "dinner party" with good friends, good food and great conversation! Cooking for others just makes me happy and is one of those dare I say "tasks" that bring people together.  There is nothing better then sharing a great meal with others!  I could honestly spend hours around my dining room table eating, chatting and drinking good glass of wine.  Seriously those three things make for the perfect night in.  Simply put... food brings people together! 

Creamy Polenta with Spicy Tomato Chickpea SauceBrunch N'Cupcakes Serves 4 
Creamy Polenta: 1 -18 oz package Polenta - Cut into chunks1 Cup + 1/3 Cup Chicken Broth1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper to Taste
2 Teaspoons Chopped Fresh Cilantro  1/3 Cup Cheddar Cheese 2 Tablespoons Milk 
Spicy Tomato Chickpea Sauce - Adapted From Cooking Light  1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
1/2 Cup Green Pepper Chopped
1 - 15 Oz. Can Diced Tomatoes - Undrained 1 Cup Canned Chickpeas 1 Tbs Honey 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder 1 Teaspoon Cumin 1/4 Teaspoon Salt 1 Teaspoon Pepper 1/4 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth1 Large Handful Chopped Cilantro 

Directions:1- Heat olive oil in a large skillet add onion and saute until translucent.  Add in green pepper and saute for 4 minutes until tender. 2- Add in canned tomatoes through pepper and bring to boil.  Once mixture is boil reduce to simmer and add in chicken broth.  Simmer sauce until liquid has reduced by half - start polenta while sauce simmers. 
For the polenta: 1- In a medium sauce pan bring 1 cup chicken broth to a low boil.  Add polenta and garlic powder to chicken broth.  Cook polenta on the stove until smooth, add remaining 1/3 chicken broth as needed to finish cooking polenta.  2- Stir cheese, milk and cilantro into polenta. Return back to tomato sauce and stir in cilantro.  Now serve! 
To Serve: 1- Divide polenta among 4 plates and top with tomato sauce.  

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