5 ideas for what to do with leftover polenta?

[8 Mar 2010 | By | 11 Comments]


It almost makes you want to double the batch—having these ideas floating around in your head. OR maybe just make a batch of polenta, conveniently forget to serve it, then have the whole bulk of it for leftovers.

Polenta is a fantastic stand-in for pasta or potatoes, rice or risotto—a corny starch alternative. And it pairs fabulously with meat sauces (we adore soft polenta with wild boar ragu).

First, make the polenta. Then with whatever makes it past round one, place in container in fridge (perhaps a square dish, and pat the polenta in from 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick—you will want to slice it later).

Then go-to this list for leftover ideas:

1. I recently found Frank’s blog: Memorie di Angelina (yes its in English, but chock full of Italian food, how-to’s & grandma’s original dishes). His post on polenta is actually what inspired me to write this one about ‘leftovers.’

2. Or… maybe I was just looking for an excuse to re-post one of our family’s all-time favorite dishes: Italian layered dish. Polenta is the cradle upon which this meal rocks.

3. Two vegetarian options from Dish ‘n’ That.

4. Scroll down Rambling Tart’s post to find a recipe and pic of appetizer sized polenta-cheese-roasted pepper bites. I can almost taste them!

5. Oooh here is a quick one: Tartelette had the brilliance to make polenta croutons as as soup-topper!

p.s. Probably more than you wanted to know about polenta, but check out life in Italy in case you are a weirdo like me and always want to know more…

So, what do you like to do with leftover polenta?

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  • Diane-The W.H.O.L.E. Gang said (8 March 2010 at 8:08 am):

    We love polenta around here and I make fries with mine. My youngest cannot have potatoes so this is a great alternative to the regular fry. It also tastes great dipped in marinara sauce instead of ketchup.

  • Chiara said (8 March 2010 at 9:35 am):

    My mom is from the Veneto region… so polenta is in my blood =) Here’s one of the many things we do with our leftovers: http://cookingmaniac.blogspot.com/2009/11/polenta-gorgonzola-and-speck-bites.html

  • Dad from a Distance said (8 March 2010 at 11:17 am):

    This post reminds me of a book: “Pass the Polenta.” The book is a series of short stories written by a classically-trained chef, who relishes the wisdom passed on by her native Italian grandmother. Of course, there is a chapter on Polenta, its significance as a staple among poor southern Italians (much like the Potato in Ireland), and the subtle virtues Polenta adds to a dish. Fantastic! Sign me up for any of the above meals.

  • Joanne said (8 March 2010 at 11:51 am):

    I have been on such a polenta kick recently so this really hits home for me. I’ve been eating it with a fried egg and some roasted asparagus, and also covered in sausage and eggplant…so delicious. Il ove your suggestions! there really is no bad way to have polenta.

  • Ed Schenk said (8 March 2010 at 12:05 pm):

    I would bread it in Panko , deep fry it and serve with Marinara Sauce.

  • Antonietta said (9 March 2010 at 7:26 am):

    I love polenta! Thanks for all these great ideas and links!
    Usually when I have left over polenta I slice it and top it with sauteed mushrooms and melted mozzarella cheese- it is heavenly!

  • Andrea said (11 March 2010 at 6:53 am):

    I love polenta and some of these are great ideas. Sometimes when we have left-over polenta, I slice it, cook it in butter like french toast and dip it in maple syrup. It makes a very yummy breakfast.

  • Better than Toast – Polenta & sausages with seasonal mushrooms in a red wine sauce | The Useful Times said (5 October 2011 at 12:52 am):

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  • How To Make Polenta — Eating Rules said (17 October 2011 at 7:08 am):

    […] your own polenta at home! Here is a fantastic recipe for DIY polenta — and here are five things to do with leftover polenta.Basic PolentaPrintAuthor: Janelle MaioccoServes: 6 to 8Ingredients4 cups Liquid (I use 2 cups […]

  • Frank @Memorie di Angelina said (22 January 2013 at 4:02 pm):

    Hi there, Janelle!

    First of all, thanks for the shout out. You know, over two years later I am still getting traffic from your link!

    I just wanted to let you and your readers know that I’ve moved my blog to http://memoriediangelina.com. The polenta post is right on the front page under “Essential Reading” so it shouldn’t be hard to miss.

    All the best!

    PS: I’m just discovering Talk of Tomatoes today. Looking forward to checking it out. :=)