Cheese-Filled Deep-Fried Polenta Balls Recipe

These Cheese-Filled Deep-Fried Polenta Balls are the solution to anyone’s comfort food longing.

| February 2013

Deep fried cheesy polenta balls on parchment paper

Bite into a crunchy, cheesy, Deep-Fried Polenta Ball.

Photo Courtesy The Experiment

In Simply Satisfying (The Experiment, 2012), author Jeanne Lemlin offers more than 200 seasonal vegetarian recipes featuring readily available ingredients and straightforward techniques that are sure to please even the most dedicated of carnivores. These three vegetarian appetizer recipes come from the chapter "Starters." You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Simply Satisfying.

Cheese-Filled Deep-Fried Polenta Balls Recipe

Polenta is a wonderful grain dish to become familiar with because it is so quick to make, and it goes well with most vegetables and sauces. This is a sumptuous appetizer that is richly varied in texture, with a crispy coating on the outside, light and moist polenta within, and a creamy center of melted cheese.

Makes 12 balls (4 to 6 servings)

• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1/2 cup cornmeal
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3 ounces semisoft cheese (such as Italian Fontina, Muenster, or Monterey Jack)
• 3/4 cup Bread Crumbs
• Oil for frying

1. To make the polenta: Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan, then very slowly add the cornmeal, beating constantly with a wire whisk. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly, until the polenta tears away from the sides of the pan, about 10 minutes. Pour onto a plate and chill until cold, about 20 to 30 minutes.

2. Put the polenta in a medium bowl and mash with a fork. Add the egg, Parmesan cheese, flour, and salt, and mix well. May be prepared to this point up to 24 hours in advance, covered, and chilled.

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