This family staple normally starts to appear on our dining table from autumn onwards. I recall vividly and with great affection the dinner parties my parents would host where Polenta would be the star attraction. The smooth mountain of polenta was always served on a large round wooden board called a Spianatora and would often be accompanied with Rabbit or Cotechino and Turnip Ragu.
As young kids we would watch and gasp in horror as the adults ate their Polenta with their adult styled Ragu; while us kids would scream out “we are polentoni” or polenta eaters as we greedily devoured the slabs of polenta smothered in a more kid friendly alternative of Tomato Salsa and Mozzarella cheese.
Reciprocating days gone by, I decided to create a small finger food version of the polenta dinners my parents would make.
These Polenta Cakes are the ideal entertaining food which can be prepared in advance allowing you to spend quality time with family and friends. Once the polenta is made, simply place under a grill to warm through for 5 minutes and top with the spicy vegetable salsa.