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Polenta Balota

15 MINPrep Time
40 MINCook Time
12 ballsServings
by Giadzy
Photo Credit: Elizabeth Newman
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This regional polenta dish from Lake Como is an ultimate crowd pleaser: simple polenta dumplings filled with gooey taleggio cheese. We took the classic up a notch by flavoring the polenta with garlic and rosemary, which makes it even more delicious. It’s so easy to whip up, and makes an excellent side dish for virtually any meal.

If you can’t find taleggio, fresh mozzarella cheese or fontina should do the trick!

Polenta Balota

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Polenta Balota

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Category

Sides

Servings

12

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

40 minutes

Calories

138

Author:

Giadzy

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the chicken broth, water, garlic, salt and rosemary. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Add the polenta in a steady stream whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring often, until thick and creamy, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 9 inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  3. Scoop 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons sized balls of cooled polenta into the palm of your hand. Place a piece of cheese in the center to the ball and close the polenta around the cheese. Make sure the cheese is fully encased. A bit of oil on your hands helps with sticking if need be. Roll the polenta ball until smooth and place in the prepared baking pan. Continue with the remaining polenta and cheese. Drizzle the balls with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and bake until warmed through, about 20 minutes. (Don’t keep them in the oven for much longer, or else the polenta will start melting again and the balls will lose their form.)
  4. Allow the polenta to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with marinera if desired.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition Serving Size
12
per serving
Calories
138
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
11 grams
Protein
6 grams
Fat
7 grams
Saturated Fat
3 grams
Cholestrol
13 milligrams
Sodium
220 milligrams
Fiber
1 grams
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