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Fried Polenta with Tomato Sauce

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Makes 32 servings, 2 polenta triangles and about 2 tsp. sauce.

Run circles around other appetizers with Fried Polenta with Tomato Sauce. This fried polenta appetizer is cheesy, crispy, garlicky and easy to make!

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  • Bring water and salt to boil in medium saucepan on medium heat. Gradually stir in grits; cook 5 to 6 min. or until grits are thickened and start to pull away from bottom and side of pan. Stir in cheeses. Pour into 9x5-inch loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray; cool 10 min. Refrigerate 1 hour or until chilled.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in medium saucepan on medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir 2 min. or until onions are crisp-tender. Stir in tomatoes and oregano; simmer on medium-low heat 10 min, stirring occasionally. Cool 15 min. Pour into blender; blend until smooth. Transfer to bowl; set aside.
  • Unmold polenta; cut into 16 slices. Cut each slice lengthwise in half, then cut each piece diagonally in half. Melt 1 Tbsp. butter in large skillet on medium heat. Add 16 polenta triangles; cook 2 to 4 min. on each side or until crisp and lightly browned. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining butter and polenta triangles. Serve with sauce.

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Make Ahead

Prepare polenta and sauce as directed. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. Reheat the sauce just before serving. Meanwhile, slice and cook polenta as directed.


Substitute your favorite KRAFT Shredded Cheese for the mozzarella and/or KRAFT Grated Romano Cheese for the Parmesan.


Substitute coarse corn meal or dry polenta for the corn grits.


  • Makes 32 servings, 2 polenta triangles and about 2 tsp. sauce.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size Makes 32 servings, 2 polenta triangles and about 2 tsp. sauce.
Calories 60
Total fat 3g
Saturated fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 135mg
Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
% Daily Value
Vitamin A 4 %DV
Vitamin C 2 %DV
Calcium 4 %DV
Iron 0 %DV

* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.

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