Polenta Hearts

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 quart hot water


1/3 cup polenta cornmeal (aka instant polenta)

2 tablespoons butter

Nonstick cooking spray

2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Heart-shaped cookie cutter
  2. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. Add salt to taste and return to a rapid boil. Slowly whisk the polenta and stir for approximately 5 minutes. Stir in butter.
  3. Spray an oven dish or sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour polenta into dish and spread evenly to make a 1/2-inch layer. Chill in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Punch out heart shapes with the cookie cutter and set aside.
  4. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add the olive oil and sear polenta hearts until golden on both sides and heated throughout.