Full of savory flavor, these Polenta Squares make a great addition to the dinner table or can be served as an appetizer. Baked and then lightly fried, the polenta squares have a buttery basil flavor and are crunchy on the outside while still maintaining their softness on the inside. This recipe provides instructions for making a creamy fish sauce to serve with the polenta squares, either on top or as a dipping sauce. Garnish with chopped basil and fresh parmesan.
- 200 milliliters vegetable broth
- 150 milliliters milk
- 15 grams butter
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil (minced)
- 75 grams polenta
- olive oil
- 185 grams fish (canned bonito, in olive oil)
- 1/3 onion (peeled and chopped)
- 75 grams cream cheese
- ground black pepper
- fresh basil (minced)
- parmesan cheese (grated)
- In a saucepan heat the vegetable broth, milk, butter, basil, polenta, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and continue to cook on medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes while stirring. Pour into a baking pan and press down to flatten the surface. Let it cool.
- Once cool, unmold and cut into small squares.
- In a saucepan, heat olive oil and fry the polenta squares for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until golden. The texture should be crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.
- Pat the polenta squares with paper towel to remove the excess oil.
- Drain the fish and place in a bowl. Add the onion and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Season with a pinch of salt, black pepper, and basil.
- Pour the Bonito fish cream on the polenta squares. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.
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