Pumpkin Polenta Pumpkins

Nutritional Information

Calories 253
Fat 14 g
Satfat 4 g
Protein 8 g
Carbohydrate 26 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 20 mg
Sodium 196 mg

Ingredients

1 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin puree
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 or 3 scallion greens, cut into 1/4-inch pieces

Preparation

Lightly grease a large, rimmed baking sheet. In a bowl, blend cornmeal and 1 cup cold broth into a thick paste.

In a large saucepan, bring remaining broth and butter to a rolling boil. Whisk in puree, lower heat and return to a gentle boil. Whisk in cornmeal and cook, stirring constantly, until thick enough to hold trail of a spoon, about 5 minutes.

Remove polenta from heat, stir in cheese and thyme; season with salt and pepper. Stir until cheese is melted and mixture is blended. Working quickly, pour hot polenta into prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Cool for 1 hour, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until chilled through and firm. (Polenta can be made to this point up to 2 days ahead.)

Heat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease 2 nonstick baking sheets. Brush top of polenta with olive oil. Cut out 2- to 2 1/2-inch shapes with a pumpkin cookie cutter (or other shape). Use a spatula to transfer polenta to baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes, rotating pans halfway through. Serve warm, topped with a scallion piece.

Note:

January 2006