Grilled Polenta Cakes for #SundaySupper

Sep 30, 2012 by

Here we are again, another #SundaySupper. Can you believe that September is over already? Where does the time go!? Soon enough, we’ll be Thanksgiving, Trick-Or-Treat-ing, Tree decorating then Mistletoe-ing :-) I really do enjoy the fall season ~ the beautiful colours, the food, and the change in fashion. There’s just so much to appreciate.

Back in May, I shared a recipe by Cristina Ferrare for #SundaySupper. The recipe was called Fall Off The Bone Chicken and my family enjoyed every bite. The theme for that Sunday, was to prepare a recipe from Cristina’s cookbook called Big Bowl Of Love. I really enjoy her recipes and there were a few that I wanted to try. This recipe fits very well with todays #SundaySupper theme which is “Meals with five ingredients or less”. Our fabulous host is Amber of Mama’s Blissful Bites! We will be sharing recipes all day, but please do join us during our #SundaySupper Twitter chat at 7pm EST. Join the fun and share your favourite recipes and get meal ideas and inspiration while you’re at it! Whether you’re on a budget, want to use up some pantry items, or just need to whip up something quickly~ you’ll have a wonderful list of ideas to consider from our lineup this week!


Grilled Polenta Cakes


Grilled Polenta Cakes

Recipe Type: Starter, Appetizer, Snack
Author: Lyn, adapted from Cristina Ferrare
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Cook time:
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Serves: 4-6
Polenta, Tomato Sauce & Spinach!
  • 1 tube polenta, removed from casing, cut into ½-inch slices, and patted dry with paper towels
  • Approximately ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup Garlic & Herb Tomato Sauce (Or a tomato sauce of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup baby spinach (a generous handful)
  1. Brush both sides of the polenta cakes with the olive oil, and set aside.
  2. On a hot griddle pan, place the polenta slices in one layer on the pan
  3. Grill for 10-12 minutes on each side or until both sides are golden and have grill marks
  4. Remove the slices from the grill and let cool on a baking rack
  5. In a small saucepan, add tomato sauce and bring to a gentle boil
  6. Add the spinach and stir until combined and warmed through
  7. Just before you are ready to serve, preheat the oven to 350°F
  8. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray
  9. Arrange the grilled polenta cakes on the baking sheet
  10. Place a heaping tablespoon of the tomato sauce with spinach on each slice, then add a pinch of parmesan cheese on top
  11. Bake for about 15 minutes
  12. Garnish with fresh parsley, salt & pepper to taste
  13. Serve and enjoy

Adapted from – Page(s): 55-55, Cristina Ferrare’s Big Bowl of Love (Delight Family and Friends with More than 150 Simple, Fabulous Recipes) by Cristina Ferrare


This recipe is really simple and easy – my favourite kind. I was interested in this recipe because I have always made polenta from scratch. This would be the first time that I would be buying ready-made polenta. It certainly was easier! I won’t make this a habit but at least I’ll be able to compare and know the difference. All I really needed was polenta, tomato sauce, spinach and parmesan cheese. I think this makes a great appetizer, side dish or a very tasty snack!


Grilled Polenta Cakes



Grilled Polenta Cakes – Grilled Polenta, Tomato Sauce with Spinach & Parmesan Cheese


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  1. Polenta is SO good. Agree that homemade is better, but the tube version will do when you want something quick. Great recipe!

  2. Simple, indeed! the sauce, spinach and parmesan – all come together so well. great recipe, lyn!

  3. I adore polenta…any way I can get it! I’d eat all of this myself!

  4. Love that you put spinach in the sauce, too!

  5. I have wanted to try making polenta and you have totally inspired me.

  6. huhu Lyn!

    We had the same idea today. just made a polenta dish as well cause I was getting bored with my old recipes. gonna post it tomorrow. =)

    what’s a tupe of polenta? o.O We buy them in kgs/pounds.

    • Hi Helene! You know what they say about great minds…! I’ll look out for tomorrows post. A tube of polenta is basically ready made polenta and its shaped in a tube like casing. I’ll show you on facebook. I have no idea of the weight lol :-)

  7. I love beautiful yet simple this is! You out did yourself on the photography! I’m always looking for new polenta recipes and this one is fabulous! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Great looking recipe! I’m going to have to try this as an appetizer at one of our wine tasting club meetings!

  9. Mmmmm…I love grilled polenta! My dad always makes me a pan when he visits so we can crisp up the slices and top with garlic powder, salt and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Now you have me craving polenta!

  10. I use to eat polenta with tomato sauce all the time growing up. This sounds like a yummy appetizer!

  11. What a lovely and simple recipe. Simple is always best. I adore polenta nice to see you added spinach to it, even better.

  12. Polenta is seriously underrated in my neck of the woods. This looks amazing, and I cannot wait to try it! (next time I can get my hands on tubes of polenta)

  13. Bea

    The colors of this dish are fantastic. It looks and sounds great!

  14. I absolutely love polenta! This looks lovely and delicious.

  15. We love polenta here, but usually only eat it creamy. This looks amazing!

  16. It’s been SO long since I’ve had polenta, I forgot how yummy it is!

  17. Thats a pretty polenta dish, Looks so good

  18. I really have not had much polenta. I have seen the tubes of it in the store and always wondered what to do with it. Now I know. And I love the addition of spinach to the sauce. Great way to brighten it up.

  19. This look stunning, Lyn! Great combination!

  20. Aren’t those gorgeous and I bet they taste as good as they look! Thanks for sharing on #SundaySupper.

  21. Confession – I have never made polenta. I love it though! I now have a recipe to encourage me to make it at home. Thank you for sharing.

  22. I love grilled polenta cakes, one day I am determined I will learn how to better make it from scratch. Until then I will stick to the simpleness of recipes like yours. :)

  23. Lyn this is truly stunning. I just keep staring at the picture wishing it was here in front of me right now.

  24. I never knew polenta could be so beautiful! I’m not sure if I’ve ever had polenta before. With this recipe, it’s a great way to amp up store-bought ingredients.

  25. So pretty! I love polenta and this sounds perfect!

  26. Polenta is often made in my kitchen for breakfast, lunch or dinner :) This looks lovely Lyn! i can imagine the wonderful flavor that those cakes have once you taste them. Beautiful presentation and pics too!

  27. Yum! I love polenta, and these cakes look so good with that dollop of marinara.

  28. OMG, your polenta looks like it should be in Gourmet magazine! Beautiful!

  29. I love polenta so much – can’t wait to try this recipe.

  30. How did I miss these on Sunday?! These cakes are absolutely amazing! I’m throwing an engagement party tomorrow night and I think these definitely have to be on the menu!

  31. Truly I want to eat all these delish mini cakes my friend 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  32. Mmmm I love polenta and this looks like the perfect healthy dinner! Beautifully photographed as well :)

  33. When I was on Weight Watchers years ago, those tubes of polenta saved me. We loved them! I’d forgotten all about them until your lovely recipe appeared.
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