Polenta Stars with Marinara

Polenta Stars (002)

Makes 8-10 stars

You’ll Need

  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup quick-cooking polenta
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Marinara sauce, for dipping

Prep and Cook

  • Bring the water, butter and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan set over high heat. Slowly pour the polenta into the water, reduce the heat to medium low, and whisk continuously to prevent lumps. Simmer for 3-5 minutes, stirring frequently with rubber spatula, until thick and smooth. Remove from heat.
  • Press a piece of parchment paper into an 8x8-inch baking pan, leaving some overhang. Pour the polenta into the baking dish and spread evenly, smoothing the top. Cool for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lift the parchment out of the baking pan and place on a counter. Cut stars from the chilled polenta and transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Using a pastry brush, paint the top and sides of stars with olive oil and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are crisp. Serve warm or at room temperature with marinara sauce for dipping.


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