Sunday, May 6, 2012

Grilled Polenta Cakes

Now that May is here it is time for weddings, graduations and Air Force inductions. Well ok most of you don't have any Air Force inductions coming up, but we do. My son, Joel, is graduating from college and getting inducted into the Air Force. If you have been reading my blog for awhile you might remember that he already completed 4 years in the Marines, but that wasn't good enough for him he decided he wanted to be a pilot. So he is going into the Air Force now to become a pilot. We also have a wedding coming up. So in the next couple of weeks my posts maybe kind of sporadic. In the meantime enjoy this appetizer that is consistently one of my most viewed recipes.

Grilled Polenta Cakes with Bruschetta Topping

Tomato Topping
2 tomatoes, cut into a small dice
2 tbs Kalamata olives, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
4 basil leaves, cut into fine ribbons

Add all ingredients to a bowl and drizzle with enough olive oil to coat thourghly coat the mixture.

Polenta Cakes

Make polenta according to the package or your regular method. Then pour it into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, that has been sprayed with no-stick spray. Let the polenta cool for a few minutes and then refrigerate so it will firm up. After polenta has firmed up use a 2 1/2 to 3 inch cookie cutter or a glass with an equivalent opening to cut out the cakes.
Preheat the grill to medium high.
Take the polenta cakes and put them on a well oiled grill, to prevent them from sticking. Cook until polenta has good grill marks and then flip them over and cook until you get the grill marks again.
Top each polenta cake with the tomato mixture.


  1. That looks great, Greg, the very best of luck to your son, and hope all goes well for him :)

  2. these look great and wow busy times for your family congrats to your son

  3. Wow thats quite a career he picked. A great life ahead of him as a pilot many blessings to him and your family. This is one of our favorites we make them often love the addition of the olives will try that next time.. Good luck to your son, proud dad! :)

  4. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  5. Love polenta and those are some of my favorite toppings. Congrats to your son and to you on the Top 9. Lovely dish.

  6. I have been hearing a lot about polenta lately & I really love the sound of your recipe here! Thanks for sharing.

  7. So simple yet so perfect. Lovely presentation as well.

  8. Nice! Very pretty and the taste must be really great. Nice to think about uses for polenta that work in the warmer weather.

  9. Air Force AND the Marines?!?!!?!? Holy cow (the Marines are NO JOKE!)... and these elegant polenta cakes are no joke either! I want one... or three!

  10. Dear Greg, These polenta cakes look wonderful. Healthy and delicious. blessings, Catherine