Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fried Polenta Croquette Appetizer


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



Fried Polenta Appetizer:
One-half 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
Egg
 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.
+claudia lamascolo  Author
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