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Roasted Green Onions on Creamy Polenta with Goat’s Cheese

by Adina 02/03/2016 27 comments

Immensely flavorsome roasted green onions on a bed of creamy polenta with Turkish goat’s cheese and a drizzle of cream on top! This is my first recipe from this new Green Onions/Scallions series and it is also my absolute favorite from all the coming ones. I loved them all, but this one, like the Fish Stock in the Stocks and Broths Series and the Orange Tiramisu in the Orange Series, is my absolute number 1 and a real taste revelation.

spring onions roasted Roasted Green Onions on Creamy Polenta with Goats Cheese

I absolutely love scallions or green onions, I have been eating them all my life and my favorite way of eating them is actually raw, dipped in a little bit of salt before each bite, with a slice of bread smeared with cheese (the Romanian Burduf cheese is the best choice in this case and one of the things I miss most since leaving Romania) and some tomatoes. I’ve never thought about roasting them before but sometime this winter I stumbled upon a few recipes on Pinterest all starring roasted green onions. I was intrigued and decided to try something similar right away. It was amazing!!!! I actually roasted enough onions to feed me and my husband, but I ended up eating them all by myself for lunch and had to cook something else for him in the evening (or he just had some bread and cheese, I don’t remember… πŸ™‚ ).

spring onions polenta Roasted Green Onions on Creamy Polenta with Goats Cheese

Since then I’ve made them a few times again, not only as a main dish with polenta but also as a side dish for chicken. They are just so good!!!

The inspiration is this Red Curry Roasted Spring Onions with Creamy Coconut Polenta from With Food + Love, but I changed the recipe quite a lot, I kept the method but changed the flavors to give the recipe more of a Romanian touch. I mean for me green onions and polenta are both something screaming HOME and when imagining the taste of the dish I just couldn’t bear the thought of it not being Romanian. Although I am convinced I would love the curry – coconut version as well.

When making polenta I normally only use water and less than in this case. I chose to use some milk and more liquid because I wanted a creamier polenta. You can, of course, make the polenta according to your taste and please read the packet’s instructions, the liquid you need and the time of cooking can vary. If you use only use water and leave out the cheese, this dish will be vegan. If you cannot find the Turkish cheese, you can replace it with feta cheese or another salty kind of cheese (the Romanian burduf would be perfect… but where to find it here?)

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Roasted Green Onions on Creamy Polenta


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Serves: 2-3

spring onions roasted Roasted Green Onions on Creamy Polenta with Goats Cheese
  • 2 bunches green onions
  • ½ teaspoon hot paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoons sweet paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz polenta
  • 400 ml/ 1 ΒΎ cups milk
  • 500 ml/ 2 ΒΌ cups water
  • salt to taste
  • 100 g/ 3.5 oz Turkish goat's cheese
  • a few tablespoons of single cream to drizzle on top
  1. Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Celsius/ 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Top and tail the green onions, leaving the trimmed green tops on. Wash them and pat them dry. Slice the onions lengthwise in half.
  3. Whisk together the paprika and the olive oil. Massage the onions with the mixture and place them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Sprinkle with the coarse salt and roast for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. To make the polenta, heat the milk and the water in a large pot. Add salt to taste. Before the liquid starts to boil, add the polenta slowly while stirring all the time. Cook the polenta according to the packet's instructions, mine takes about 40 minutes but the cooking times can differ a lot.
  5. Pour the polenta on a platter, arrange the onions on top, sprinkle with cheese and drizzle with a little bit of cream if you want.


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[email protected]'s Recipes 02/03/2016 - 15:54

O yes, green onions…my favourite too. Just got a few of bunches from ALDI too. This looks really tasty and flavourful!

Adina 03/03/2016 - 08:15

Thank you, Angie. I always have a bunch of green onion in the fridge, can’t do without them.

Meghan | Fox and Briar 02/03/2016 - 21:03

I have never roasted green onions but it looks and sounds incredible! Love the addition of goat cheese too – everything is better with goat cheese! πŸ™‚

Adina 03/03/2016 - 08:13

You’re right! Goat cheese is always a winner. πŸ™‚

Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary 03/03/2016 - 14:56

OMG, I LOVE roasted green onions – SO GOOD! And I happen to adore polenta, so this side dish is looking all sorts of perfect to me! Plus you added goat cheese, so I definitely want to hug you. πŸ˜‰ Cheers, girl!

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:38

Thank you, Cheyanne. πŸ™‚

Balvinder 03/03/2016 - 16:25

I think soft polenta makes for an ultimate bowl of comfort food. I often make it but cut them in different shapes after cooling.

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:37

I do that sometimes too and then grill or fry them.

Denise [email protected] Brazil To You 03/03/2016 - 19:44

Adina, my dear, what a view! I am a huge fan of creamy polenta — I could eat it by itself with a big smile on my face.

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:35

Same here, Denise!

Jess @ Sweetest Menu 03/03/2016 - 21:43

Wow yum, what a gorgeous dish! Looks like it popped straight out of a restaurant!!

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:34

Thank you, Jess, that is so nice of you to say. πŸ™‚

Thao @ In Good Flavor 04/03/2016 - 03:35

I love this side dish, Adina! The roasted green onions and polenta is a great combination. I’ve got to try this!!

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:34

Thank you and I hope you like it, Thao.

Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 04/03/2016 - 05:37

I love polenta. I think it’s a perfect comfort food. I like to grill my green onions when I’m BBQing something. This is something I need to try.

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:33

Definitely grilling them this summer.

Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen 04/03/2016 - 10:00

Roasting green onions sounds like a fantastic idea, Adina. And they sure must have tasted heavenly with the creamy polenta. Can’t wait to try!

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:32

I hope you do, Anu!

Kate @ Framed Cooks 04/03/2016 - 13:45

I can’t believe this perfect combo never occurred to me, so thank goodness it occurred to YOU! Have you ever tried Anson Mills polenta? It’s the best. πŸ™‚

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:31

I don’t know Anson Mills polenta, we don’t have it here. I buy my polenta mostly in the Turkish store, it takes 40 minutes to cook but it’s worth it.

Monica 04/03/2016 - 17:31

I also enjoy green onions and mostly use it in stir-fries or as a garnish but in the summer, I sometimes have my husband throw it on the grill to char and put into our salads. It gets so nice and sweet. I love how this looks on top of that creamy polenta. I want to dig in! : )

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:29

I will have to grill them as well in summer, never thought of it before.

Lisa | Chocolate Meets Strawberry 05/03/2016 - 11:15

Adina this looks so delicious and comforting! The perfect kind of dish to sit down to after a long day when it’s cold outside. I think it’s lovely that you’ve given the dish your own Romanian touch to remind you of home! πŸ™‚

Adina 05/03/2016 - 14:29

Thank you, Lisa. Polenta and scallions are really so “home” for me.

Brie 09/03/2016 - 15:37

I am just loving your series Adina! Green onions are my favorite. I can’t wait to try this gorgeous creamy cheesy dish although I might have trouble sharring those roasted green onions too πŸ™‚

Rosa | For the Love of Italian Cooking 01/08/2017 - 07:03

This sounds delicious!! I love the flavours! I haven’t made polenta in a long time (my kids didn’t like it when I made it years ago, when they were younger), but I should give it another go. This sounds like a great recipe. πŸ™‚ Do you your kids like polenta?

Adina 01/08/2017 - 09:59

My kids love polenta, especially my son, he wishes me to cook it at least once a month, their favorite way to eat it is with cheese (feta or gouda) and yogurt. The roasted green onions are more something for the mama. πŸ™‚


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