20 Delicious Polenta Recipe Ideas
Whether you are looking for a sweet or savoury dish, these 20 delicious Polenta dishes will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen and satisfy your tastebuds!
Polenta is known as an Italian staple that is an easy crowd-pleaser which means that it’s ideal to use for weekly family meals or social gatherings.
Dress it up or dress it down with your favourite choice of meat, greens and spices. Or use it to make a delicious sweet treat of your choice. The possibilities are endless but for the sake of narrowing down some great recipe ideas, have a look at my list of delicious Polenta dishes below!
What Is Polenta?
Well Polenta is a dish of boiled cornmeal that was historically made from other grains. It may be served as a hot porridge, or it may be allowed to cool and solidify into a loaf that can be baked, fried, or grilled.
Any lover of lamb dishes will instantly want to add this slow-cooked lamb with creamy polenta to their recipe collection.
The caramelized onions and tomatoes give the dish a rich colour and taste as well as adds a sweetness to the tender lamb along with all the other spices added for good measure!
If you are more of a breakfast kind of person, then this strawberries and cream breakfast polenta is definitely going to be a delicious alternative to your usual routine breakfasts.
You can’t go wrong with this creamy vanilla base topped with strawberries and nuts for extra crunch.
These polenta cakes with white beans and tomatoes boast an acidic, sharp taste which still manages to be sweet and smooth at the same time.
This dish will be absolutely loved by those obsessed with juicy tomatoes but a fair warning is given to those who just tolerate the fruit as this recipe is packed with these juicy delights.
It’s very rare to come across any meat-eater who doesn’t enjoy tender ribs. This recipe for braised short ribs with creamy parmesan polenta takes comfort food to the next level by setting it up as a gourmet meal that will impress any crowd you plan on hosting.
This cheesy polenta bowl with eggs, asparagus and sausage is ideal as a decadent breakfast, brunch or lunch idea but can also be enjoyed as a fun dinner.
A quick 15-minute Italian dish that incorporates polenta by adding a bit of olive oil in the pan and frying it lightly until crispy on each side.
This is a great meal to make for the family during any busy weekday.
Polenta bites with Ricotta and shaved asparagus are perfect as a light spring appetizer. They look incredibly sophisticated as a snack but don’t expect any leftovers to enjoy the following day as these are just as delicious as they appear to be.
If you are looking for a new savoury muffin recipe to try out then why not consider using polenta? The polenta gives the muffins a warm, golden hue while also adding to the fibre content.
The muffins are stuffed with various cheeses and garden herbs which make it a scrumptious breakfast muffin alongside scrambled eggs or as a daytime snack to enjoy whenever.
You can make some pretty cool things with an air fryer but I never imagined making fries from polenta!
These fries make for the perfect snack or side to some meat or a hamburger at a BBQ. They are also gluten-free and vegan-friendly and can also be made using an oven in case you don’t have an air fryer.
Italian dishes are one of the best kinds of comfort food but many people struggle with the pasta aspect due to health or weight-loss challenges.
Well, now you don’t have to give up this family-favourite as it’s as easy as substituting noodles with polenta. It also only requires 15 minutes of prep time to make this delicious meal.
This is another great Italian dish using polenta as a creamy base and then topping it with sausage and tomato sauce.
The Baking Fairy also pairs this rich meal with dark chocolate cake, keeping within the Italian theme of course, so you will definitely want to head on over and have a read of her post!
Anything pizza-related is great in my books which is why this vegan polenta pizza bites recipes was a must to include in my list of polenta-inspired recipes.
These vegan snack-size pizza bites are great served as an appetizer and offer a clever alternative to the traditional pizza crust.
This dark chocolate polenta bowl is dedicated to all the sweet toothes out there as a new breakfast dish to spoil yourself with. In fact, it’s so decadent that you could quite easily also serve it as a warm dessert. Topped off with a drizzle of mascarpone- you just can’t go wrong.
This Italian-inspired cake includes grapes, olive oil and polenta in cake batter to make this beautiful looking baked treat. The contrast of the slightly coarse texture from the polenta with the sweet grapes makes this cake an interesting tea-time treat or dessert which can be enjoyed with some cream or ice-cream.
Image courtesy of Climbing Grier Mountain
This Spanish-inspired dish will make you drift into comfort food dreamland! It combines a creamy polenta base with toppings of caramelized fennel, pieces of crispy bacon and olives.
Enjoy this savoury dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Substitute the heavy pasta for polenta with this Spring Polenta Primavera to make a quick and light dinner bursting with flavours from the lemon and basil.
Just like the short rib dish that I listed above, this polenta dish with braised oxtail is another rich meal, full of hearty flavours for a chilly night.
As the winter months approach, warm filling meals start to become family favourites. This Beef stew topped over a cheesy polenta is definitely what the doctor ordered and I think you will agree when you give it a try.
As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, many of us are starting to become adventurous in trying out new turkey dishes.
These baked turkey meatballs with crispy polenta cakes are finished off with some homemade tomato sauce.
These would make a cute and delicious starter or snack for the Thanksgiving table.
If you’ve read some of my other blog posts, you will know that I have a love for most Instant Pot recipes. They are just so convenient and quick as well as delicious.
This creamy Instant Pot polenta porridge is no different. It’s a warm, gluten-free and vegan breakfast dish that only takes 14 minutes to make!
About Angela Milnes
Angela Milnes is a Qualified Teacher who has specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has studied nutrition for children and has also taught cooking skills to adults. Angela loves to share family meals and easy instant pot recipes here on The Inspiration Edit. Follow her on Pinterest!