Candace Karu

Cheesy Polenta Hearts

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These Cheesy Polenta Hearts are a perfect way to say "I love you" in the tastiest possible way. The recipe is impossibly simple and polenta plays well with just about everything else in the kitchen. You can dip these little lovelies in your favorite marinara sauce, serve them for breakfast with scrambled eggs, smother them with salsa and top with a ripe avocado...the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Polenta Fries

And don't feel you have to make them into hearts. Cut them into squares, brush them with olive oil and grill for a real summertime treat. Cut them into strips, oil them up, add a little salt and bake in a 350º oven for 15 minutes for cheesy polenta fries. 


  • 3 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal

  • 4 cups chicken broth

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup of your favorite grated cheese (parmesan or cheddar are both good)

  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Combine chicken broth, milk, and butter in a large pot and bring to a boil

  2. Slowly add cornmeal and reduce heat to medium low

  3. Stir continuously until mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pot

  4. Add cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste

  5. Spread polenta evenly over a greased cookie sheet and refrigerate for 30 - 45 minutes

  6. Once the mixture has cooled you have your cheesy polenta canvas. Make hearts! Squares! Fries! Whatever your little heart desires. They're so yummy, and so much fun.