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Fried Polenta with Tomato Sauce

01:55:00 32 servings, 2 polenta triangles (26 g) and 2 tsp. (10 mL) sauce each
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32 servings, 2 polenta triangles (26 g) and 2 tsp. (10 mL) sauce each

These polenta triangles run circles around other appetizers! They're crispy, cheesy and served topped with a garlicky tomato sauce. And as a bonus, they're super simple to make.

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  • Bring water to boil in medium saucepan on medium heat. Gradually stir in grits; cook 5 to 6 min. or until grits are thickened and start to pull away from bottom and side of pan. Stir in cheeses. Pour into 9x5-inch loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray; cool 10 min. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 2 min. or until onions are crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes and oregano; simmer on medium-low heat 10 min, stirring occasionally. Cool 15 min. Pour into blender; blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl; set aside.
  • Unmold polenta; cut into 16 slices. Cut each slice lengthwise in half, then cut each piece diagonally in half. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add 16 polenta triangles; cook 2 to 4 min. on each side or until crisp and lightly browned. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining butter and polenta triangles. Serve with sauce.


Substitute coarse corn meal or dry polenta for the corn grits.

Make Ahead

Prepare polenta and sauce as directed. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Reheat the sauce just before serving. Meanwhile, slice and cook polenta as directed.


Substitute your favourite variety of Cracker Barrel Shredded Cheese for the mozzarella.


  • 32 servings, 2 polenta triangles (26 g) and 2 tsp. (10 mL) sauce each

Nutritional Information

Serving Size 32 servings, 2 polenta triangles (26 g) and 2 tsp. (10 mL) sauce each
Calories 60
% Daily Value
Total fat 3g
Saturated fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 80mg
Carbohydrate 7g
Dietary fibre 0g
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 6 %DV
Calcium 2 %DV
Iron 2 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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