Polenta Croutons

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Toss these in a salad or enjoy them as a snack. To vary the flavor, add cheeses or herbs. Spray your knife with cooking spray between cuts to slice the polenta easily.
6 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)


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3 1/2 cups water
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup whole grain yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup half-and-half
Cooking spray


Bring water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Add cornmeal, stirring constantly with a whisk until cornmeal begins to absorb liquid (about 2 minutes). Reduce heat to low; cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in half-and-half; cook 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Spoon cornmeal mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Using a spatula coated with cooking spray, spread into an even layer. Chill, uncovered, 30 minutes or until completely cool.

Preheat oven to 400°.

Turn polenta out onto dry surface; cut into 1/2-inch cubes. Place polenta cubes on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 45 minutes, turning once with a spatula. Cool on a wire rack.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 100
Caloriesfromfat 18 %
Fat 2 g
Satfat 1.3 g
Monofat 0.7 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 2 g
Carbohydrate 16.7 g
Fiber 0.5 g
Cholesterol 10 mg
Iron 0.7 mg
Sodium 298 mg
Calcium 20 mg