Balsamic-Marinated Beef and Polenta

After taking a night off from cooking (thanks to my hubby), I decided to make something really gourmet for dinner. Before the cooking began, we wanted to work out like we had been doing 2 months ago. We realized that summer is over. Did you know that?? :) Every tennis court has removed their nets down, and even though we have had great weather, it is impossible to play. It looks like we will be searching for indoor tennis or raquet ball courts!

Well, after taking a stroll I prepared dinner within an hour. These recipes were all new to me and pretty much my own creations. I have always seen polenta in many recipes and I have eaten several times, but I got to say I have never made it myself. What a quick process! I also had never used balsamic vinegar for anything other than my delicious salads, so I ventured marinating some stew meat. I was very happy with results and I think you would too! After serving it to my hubby I was glad that I tricked. He said he was going in for a bite and thought he was eating mash potatoes until he noticed they were not mashed potatoes! I like surprising people especially my hubby! We had an enthusiastic thumbs up last night!

Balsamic-Marinated Beef and Polenta

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serves 2

Marinade
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp Italian seasonings
1 tsp mustard powder

Beef
1/2 pound beef stew meat, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
1 onion, julienned
1 Tbsp olive oil

Heat olive oil in pan. Add onions and fry the onions until they start caramelizing (for 10 minutes).
Meanwhile, prepare the marinade and add the beef to the mixture. Add the beff mixture to the onions and cover for 10 minutes. Uncover and let the juices start to evaporize. Serve with polenta immediately to savor full flavors.

Polenta
1 cup cornmeal
3 cups water
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp salted butter
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup half-and-half
2 tsp ground pepper
1/2 cup orange bell pepper, chopped
1/2 fontina cheese, shredded

Boil water, cornmeal, and salt in a pot until the mixture starts to thicken (starts in 5-10 minutes). Start adding the rest of the ingredients until it becomes creamy. Must be served hot.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07073984731642037393 Tasty Eats At Home

    ooh! You just gave me the best idea with this recipe. I have this chili-basil balsamic, and I’ve been wondering what to do with it. This sounds like the perfect dish. I’m salivating over your beef there – yum!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00495903173224103152 Cookin’ Canuck

    What a tasty marinade! The fontina cheese in the polenta sounds delicious.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06475477442377719233 Stephanie

    Wow, that looks delicious. I’m always looking for new things to do with polenta.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10012578236222084738 5 Star Foodie

    The flavors with the balsamic marinade must be fantastic! Very nice with polenta!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05857631795009227778 Taste of Beirut

    I love beef with polenta! and the marinade is excellent! thanks!