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Polenta with Gorgonzola and Onions

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Polenta and Gorgonzola cheese have a natural affinity. Try using already prepared polenta to speed up the cooking of this tasty appetizer.

Preparation facts

Servings: 8

Yield: 32 squares

Ingredients

6 cups (1.4L) water

2 tsp (12g) salt

2 cups (300g) instant polenta

1 1/2 tsp (7mL) extra virgin olive oil

3 cups (540g) onions, sliced

Olive oil for brushing

4 oz (115g) Gorgonzola cheese*

Directions

Early in the day, prepare polenta. Boil the water in a heavy bottomed pot. Add salt and polenta, pouring in a steady stream and stir continuously with a wooden spoon. Reduce heat to very low, and continue to stir until the polenta is thick and smooth.

Pour the hot polenta onto a cookie sheet or shallow pan. Smooth the top and let it cool, then place in the refrigerator covered with plastic, until needed.

Prepare the caramelized onions: Heat the olive oil in a 12-inch (30cm) non stick skillet, and add the onions. Cook over medium heat, stirring often until the onions are wilted and a rich golden brown; about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.

Preheat broiler.

Slice the polenta into 32 squares about 2 inches (5cm) across. Lightly brush the polenta squares with olive oil and arrange on another cookie sheet.

Place polenta under broiler and cook until slightly crisp and lightly browned. Turn once and continue to cook until the other side is crisp. This should take only a few minutes.

Top each square with about 1 tsp (11g) of the caramelized onion, and top it off with a little of the Gorgonzola cheese—about 1/2 tsp (1g) per square.

Place on an platter and serve immediately

* Allergy notes: The egg protein lysozyme is an unlabeled additive in some cheeses. People allergic to eggs should eliminate any cheese in this recipe.

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 362
Calories from Fat 80 (22%)
% Daily Value*
14%Total Fat 9g
18%Saturated Fat 3.6g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.1g
4%Cholesterol 13mg
33%Sodium 784mg
2%Potassium 87mg
20%Total Carbohydrate 60g
31%Dietary Fiber 7.8g
Sugars 3g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
19%Protein 10g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.
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