Friday, April 20, 2012

Polenta hearts with caramelized onions, goat cheese & honey

I am catering a wedding for a lovely couple in June and one of the appetizers on the menu are these amazing polenta hearts!  They are such a wonderful party snack, I just had to share the recipe with you!
I am definitely going to have to make these for some friends very soon! 


Ingredients: 

For the polenta:
 
2 cups almond milk
2 cups water
1t kosher salt
1c polenta
1t onion salt


For the topping:

1T extra virgin olive oil
1T butter
1 yellow onion, halved and sliced in 1/4" slices
2oz goat cheese, crumbled
honey to drizzle
thyme

Method:

Bring the water, milk and salt to a boil.  Slowly whisk the polenta in the mixture. Turn the heat to low and continue whisking for 5 minutes or until polenta is smooth and creamy and add the onion salt.  Spread polenta in a 9x9 baking dish and set aside to cool.

While the polenta is setting up, add the butter and olive oil to a heavy bottomed skillet and set to medium-low heat.  Add the onion, a sprinkle of salt and cook, stirring occasionally until soft, golden and caramelized.  About 20-25 minutes.

When the polenta is set up, cut out your desired shape (I had a heart shaped cookie cutter) and place on a greased cookie sheet and broil until browned and crispy on top and flip to brown the other side.

Place your polenta shapes on your platter and add the onion mixture on top along with the goat cheese, drizzle of honey and thyme leaves. Enjoy!
 
 
 

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