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Polenta Cakes with Apples and Cheddar

Katerina | Diethood
These Polenta Cakes are made with tangy apple slices and shredded cheddar cheese. Crispy polenta cakes make a perfect light appetizer or dinner - try them and see for yourself!
Servings : 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins


  • 5 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Corn Grits or Polenta
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple , sliced
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • freshly ground peppercorns
  • crushed red pepper


  • Pour water into a large saucepan and add salt; bring to a rolling boil.
  • Gradually add in the Corn Grits and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
  • Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until mixture thickens, about 30 minutes; stirring often. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray and line with saran wrap.
  • Pour the cooked polenta into the saran wrap lined dish.
  • Add another layer of saran wrap on top and smooth it down directly on top of the polenta.
  • Place into the refrigerator to set up; about 2 hours.
  • Lift the polenta out of the dish and place it on top of a cutting board.
  • Remove the saran wrap and, using a round cookie cutter, cut out 6 to 8 polenta circles.
  • Place a saute pan over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • When oil is hot, place the polenta circles into the pan.
  • Cook until a golden crust has formed on both sides.
  • Remove cakes from pan and top with slices of apples and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Season with freshly ground peppercorns and crushed red pepper.
  • Serve.


Calories: 125 kcal | Carbohydrates: 19 g | Protein: 5 g | Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 2 mg | Sodium: 377 mg | Potassium: 60 mg | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 85 IU | Vitamin C: 1.1 mg | Calcium: 60 mg | Iron: 0.3 mg | Net Carbs: 19 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Appetizer/Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: crispy polenta cakes, easy polenta recipes, polenta cake recipe