Overnight Cider Pumpkin Waffles w/Toasted Pecan Butter, Cider Syrup + Spiced Apples.
So excited over this one.
It’s the coziest of the coziest and I think I could eat it daily. I know that my mom could, and I think that on this one, I am right there with her. It may be simple, but I am not sure there is much that can beat fried polenta. Oops, I mean cheesy fried polenta.
Some may not call this dinner, but I totally did.
Some might say that a square of fried polenta and some brussels sprouts is not balanced, and to that I say – you are crazy! There is a little green, a little whole grain, and a little protein from all that cheese. Totally and completely balanced.
Over the summer my mom sent me a pic of this dish she order from an eclectic restaurant, deep in the woods and slightly down the mountain in Mt. Hood, OR. It’s totally her kind of thing and I knew the second I saw the pic that it was probably her most favorite meal she’d had in weeks.
She sent me this pic of fried polenta. At first I had no idea what is was and I replied back “while that looks boring”. So then she explained and I did a total 360 and said that looks delicious (because how could fried polenta not be?). But you guys, it literally was just a plate with a square of fried polenta and some saffron oil drizzled over top. At least I ‘m providing you with a little green (come on, you gotta admit this is better).
Everyone except my dad (who loves brussels sprouts) would not eat the brussels sprouts and only ate the polenta, such wimps! They are missing out – these are some of the most delicious brussels sprouts. I pan roasted them and added a balsamic-pomegranate glaze that makes them almost addicting, like you just want one after another. Or at least I did.
I had said that I was going to wait a while to make some fried polenta because it seemed so un-summer like. So I did, and here we are today. It’s very cold, snowy (no joke) and the perfect time to make fried polenta.
Gotta love autumn. It bring so much goodness.
Here is the deal though, this is simple, but you have to be a little patient since the polenta has to firm up in the fridge for at least an hour. Don’t worry though, this gives you time to make the bestest roasted garlic olive oil (with sage and crushed red pepper too!). You can also make the balsamic pomegranate glaze for the brussels sprouts. The hour goes fast and then you are ready to fry.
I added brie and blue cheese to my polenta, which I think was a pretty amazing combo, but any melty cheese will work fine. I gotta say though, brie is kind of amazing in this. It’s just so creamy and perfect. The blue cheese adds that nice sharp bite. So good guys.
The cheesy part is kind of important, BUT if you happen to be vegan, you can still make this. Obviously, we loved the additions of butter and cheese over here, but for you vegan peeps, try swapping in vegan cheese, butter and or coconut oil. Or you can even leave the cheese out all together. Surprisingly, it is still pretty awesome.
Also, may I highly recommend adding a fried egg? It kicks this dish up to a whole new level, and if you are wondering, I totally added one or two when I heated this back up for dinner. I always say, when in need of a finishing touch, add an egg. It never fails. Never.
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Crispy on the outside. Creamy deliciousness on the inside. Just OMG.
Hi, could I bake instead of fry the polenta squares? Thank you!
Sure, that should work well for you. I hope this recipe turns out amazing, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
I cannot tell what the 2 cups of flour under ingredients for the Polenta is used for??? Can you clarify…
The flour is used for dredging the polenta before frying. You’ll dip the polenta squares in the flour. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂
Oh my, these look absolutely gorgeous. I had a go at making polenta cakes in muffin pans once and they turned out fine, but just not quite crispy enough. These have given me the nudge to try again. I might try brushing with the oil and baking. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Incredible photos, awesome work. Thanks for sharing!
These are a few of my favorite things! I adore Brussels sprouts and pairing them with this yummy polenta is genius. Adding a fried egg? Genius!
THANK YOU! Have a great weekend, Candace!
Oh yummy! The styling here is fab by the way! (as usual…) loving the oil drizzle too 🙂 Thanks to you, I am sitting here in the university library craving something cheesy!! #SOS
Wowzers, this looks good. Especially that oil drizzle!!
Thanks Brandon! Hope you have a great weekend!