Fried Polenta Croquette Appetizer

Dipped in a fresh marinara I can make these a whole meal!  

Fried Polenta Appetizer:
1/2 cup of corn-meal
 around one tablespoon butter
two tablespoons grating cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 clove of minced garlic
cold water
Slice of Gruyere, provolone or mozzarella cheese

For coating
 Italian flavored breadcrumbs
grating cheese
Olive oil or Canola oil  for frying

In a small saucepan boil( using package instructions)  measure  1/2 cup of corn-meal into boiling water and cook until stiff in consistency and before removing  from the stove top add a tablespoon of butter and and the grated cheese and mix well.

Pour onto a cutting board by spoonfuls using cold water to form some golf ball size rounds. These spoonfuls will be hot, the cold water will help to mold them.  On each of these croquettes place a very thin slice of  cheese, so that the cheese will adhere to the corn-meal wrapping around them. Then allow them to cool in the refrigerator on a baking sheet. When they are cold,  dip into a beaten egg, then into breadcrumbs mixed with more grating cheese. Fry in hot oil and serve with marinara sauce.


Shelby said...

Thanks for joining in Claudia! I've enjoyed our NY connection (especially since your from somewhere that I KNOW! lol) and I love your family recipes and what is behind your blog. Its been great getting to know you over the last few years and I've enjoyed making several of your recipes :)

Tina said...

I have never thought of deep frying polenta, but this does look like something I would enjoy-yum!
My inspiration in life would have to be my husband. He has been so supportive through the years and has always let me pursue whatever I wanted to do without limits or rules. I am just not me without him.
Now I will pop on over to Shelbys blog.

Greg said...

I have had polenta boiled, baked and grilled but never deep fried. Fried with multiple cheeses how could that has to be good.

Elisabeth said...

I will check out Shelby's blog, but for now, I'm craving your unusual fried polenta...I always just bake, or grill it, but this looks too yummy to pass up!

Katy ~ said...

I don't believe I ever had polenta, but I would sure like to try it after seeing this. Looks delicious!

Parsley Sage said...

Hey Yeah! I'm making these TO-nite!

My inspiration...hmmm. I think it might actually be the guy that owns the comic book store I used to work at in College. He was one of the most interesting, smart and creative people I've ever met. I always want to be like him!

Amy said...

Love your recipe. They are perfect for any celebrations! :)

My Grandmother inspires me the most, both in the kitchen and in life. I learn to be strong and courageous like her and not afraid to try new things in the kitchen.

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Coleen said...

First time to your web page, nice to meet you!!

Lizzy Do said...

Oh, how yummy, crispy and delicious! What a fun way for Shelby to celebrate her anniversary!

My Inner Chick said...

--I absolutely LOVE polenta. My aunt used to make it with red sauce and pepperoni.

But... Fried? OMG. X

Bunny said...

Claudia these look wonderful!

Megan's Cookin' said...

Polenta and cheese is enough to win my heart, but then deep fry it? Oh yea!!!

Claudia said...

This has my heart. Frequently bake polenta - but deep frying - so tasty. What is it about fat that just beckons?

Inspiration comes from all over - but it always begins with family.

Winelady Cooks said...

Hi Claudia, Hope you enjoyed a very Merry Christmas. Oh how do I luv thee polenta . . . I'm going to have to make this for sure.

My inspiration comes from both my daughters. They are well into adulthood and they are a constant inspiration to me. For all the times they call to ask me advice, they in turn teach me more than I ever imagined. I am so blessed to have them inspire me, keep me energized and healthy.

Hope you enjoy a very Happy New Year!

Katrina said...

Ooh, that sounds so good! Love polenta.
Happy New Year, Claudia!

Kiri W. said...

Ooooh, this sounds amazing! :) Croquettes are one of my biggest loves, and I've never had them made from polenta.

Magic of Spice said...

Oh these look so wonderful...a must have!

Cucina49 said...

Just as I'm trying to move away from my fried food post these! They look perfect.