Fancy grilled polenta squares

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Fancy grilled polenta squares

A wholesome appetizer that will satisfy the whole family
Servings 2
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins


  • Large saucepan
  • deep rectangular baking pan
  • Grill
  • mixing bowl
  • cutting board
  • utility knife


  • 1/4 lb uncooked polenta
  • 1/3 small caciotta cheese can substitute with aed cheddar
  • 1/3 small scamorza cheese can substitute with smoked gouda
  • 1/4 small jar of sundried tomatoes drained of the oil
  • 1/2 cup mushroom ragu' recipe to come soon
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp rosemary leaves chopped
  • olive oil to coat the polenta
  • salt to taste


  • Gather your ingredients  
    Ingredients gathered on a wooden cutting board
  • Cook the polenta according to the package directions, pour on a deep baking pan, leveling the polenta and cool completely (can be made ahead of time) 
    1/4 lb uncooked polenta
    Corn flour being drizzled over a pot of boiling water
  • Chop the rosemary and place in a small bowl with a dash of salt and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Do the same with the thyme. 
    1/2 tbsp thyme leaves, 1/2 tbsp rosemary leaves, olive oil
    Cut polenta squares drizzled with oil and chopped herbs
  • Once cooled, cut the polenta into 2 inches squares, lightly oil, sprinkle half with salt and thyme and half with salt and rosemary and grill in a preheat grill at 500 degrees until char marks form and the outside becomes crusty, about 20 minutes  
    Grilled polenta
  • Cut the cheeses into small squares to fill the top of the polenta squares; chop the sundried tomatoes 
    1/3 small caciotta cheese, 1/3 small scamorza cheese, 1/4 small jar of sundried tomatoes
    Cheese slices and chopped sundried tomatoes on a wooden cutting board
  • Place the polenta on a sheet pan, top the half of thyme flavored with a slice of sundried tomato and caciotta and the rosemary flavored with a spoonful of mushroom ragù and a piece of scamorza  
    1/2 cup mushroom ragu', salt to taste
    Topped polenta squares ready for the grill
  • Return to the grill and and cook for an additional 5 minutes  
    Polenta squares just off the grill and on to a sheet pan
Calories: 235kcal
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: appetizer, cheesy polenta, grilled polenta recipe, party food, polenta, polenta recipe, polenta toppings


Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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