Buttery Breakfast Fried Polenta Slices

By • December 2, 2009 • 4 Comments



Author Notes: My mom made this simple breakfast all the time when I was a kid, and it was one of my favorites! The outside is crispy and buttery, and the inside is creamy and soft. Topped with warm maple syrup, these are better than pancakes any morning of the week!Loves Food Loves to Eat

Makes 6 servings

  • 3.5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cup dried polenta or yellow corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • butter for frying
  1. Combine 2.5 cups water and salt in a saucepan-boil. Mix polenta with remaining water until water is dissolved, and stir in cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla. Add to boiling water. Stir constantly and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring, until thickened.
  2. Pour mixture into a loaf pan, and refigerate over night.
  3. In skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Slice polenta in 1/2 inch slices and fry on each side until golden and crispy. Serve with warm maple syrup.
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over 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Hi Melissa, I'm sorry the recipe didn't work out for you! It definitely is written for dry polenta, not pre-cooked. Did you buy the kind in the tube? If so, it should already be thick enough to be sliced and just fried, no need to simmer if it's already cooked!

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over 1 year ago Melissa Duff

I attempted to make this today using store bought, pre cooked polenta, and it definitely cannot be used in this recipe. It did not dissolve in the water and remained very grainy. Also, the author doesn't give any indication of how long to simmer it out what the consistency should look like other than "thick." Mine was apparently not thick enough and had to be transfered to the freezer.

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over 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

Hi Melissa, I'm sorry the recipe didn't work out for you! It definitely is written for dry polenta, not pre-cooked. Did you buy the kind in the tube? If so, it should already be thick enough to be sliced and just fried, no need to simmer if it's already cooked!

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over 1 year ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

(ps. I just updated the ingredients to make clear it should be dry/uncooked polenta).