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Polenta Hearts

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Servings: 10


  • 1/3 cup polenta cornmeal
  • 1 quart hot water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • heart-shaped cookie cutter


Bring water to boil in a saucepan. Add salt to taste. Bring to a rapid boil. Slowly add 1/3 cup of polenta while stirring for approximately 5 minutes. Stir in butter.

In an oven dish or sheet pan, sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, pour polenta into dish and spread evenly to make a 1/2-inch layer. Chill in refrigerator for around 1 hour. With the cookie cutter, punch out heart shapes and set aside.

Heat a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sear polenta hearts until golden on both sides, and heated throughout.