Chilli Polenta with Cherry Tomatoes

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

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These tasty little polenta stacks would make a delicious lunch or light dinner when served with a rocket salad.

recipe updated 8 Jun 2020


  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    25g (about 2¾ tbsp)
  • Cherry tomatoes icon
    Cherry tomatoes
    250g (about 1¼ cups)
  • Red onion icon
    Red onion
    about ½ unit (68g)
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    15g (about 4 tbsp)
  • Fresh chives icon
    Fresh chives
    15g (about 5⅛ tbsp)
  • Black olives icon
    Black olives
    50g (about ¼ cup)
  • Brown sugar icon
    Brown sugar
    1 tbsp (12g)
  • Balsamic vinegar icon
    Balsamic vinegar
    4 tbsp (59ml)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    3 tbsp (44ml)
  • Pesto icon
    100g (about ½ cup)
  • Polenta icon
    500g (about 3 cups)
  • Pine nuts icon
    Pine nuts
    50g (about ¼ cup)
  • Salt icon
    as needed
  • Rocket icon
    as needed


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  • kCook icon Serving plate
  • kCook icon Medium bowl
  • kCook icon Plate
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  • kCook icon Glass baking dish - 13 x 9 x 2"

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat oven - 30 min, 190°C
  2. Add brown sugar and balsamic vinegar to a clean saucepan
  3. Heat until sugar has dissolved - medium heat
  4. Boil
  5. Simmer - approx 20 min
  6. Add olive oil, garlic clove, parmesan cheese and pesto to a clean medium bowl
  7. Mix
  8. Add polenta to a clean plate
  9. Cut
  10. Arrange polenta in glass baking dish
  11. Bake - 15 min, 190°C
  12. Add cherry tomatoes, red onion, fresh parsley, fresh chives, black olives, pine nuts and salt to a clean medium bowl
  13. Mix
  14. Arrange filling in glass baking dish
  15. Bake - 15 min, 190°C
  16. Add olive oil to the glaze
  17. Beat until combined
  18. Transfer content of glass baking dish to serving plate
  19. Drizzle serving plate with glaze
  20. Serve with rocket
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