Savory Polenta Cake with Citrus Salad

Difficulty: Easy | Makes: 6-8 Servings

A sophisticated polenta cake is juxtaposed against bright citrus flavors in this elevated autumn-inspired appetizer featuring Roland® Polenta and Blood Orange Glaze.




  1. Line a 9x13 ¼ sheet tray with plastic wrap leaving an overhang, set aside
  2. In a large stock pot add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of salt. While continuing to whisk slowly pour in the Roland® Yellow Polenta. Mix with the whisk until it becomes thicker then switch to a wooden spoon. Stir constantly, for about 6-8 minutes
  3. Turn off the heat and add 4 tablespoons of butter. Allow to cool slightly
  4. Pour the polenta into the prepared sheet tray. Cover with plastic and allow to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours
  5. Slice the fennel bulb into quarters lengthwise. Using a mandolin, slice the quarters a ¼ of an inch thick
  6. In a large mixing bowl, combine grapefruit segments, orange segments, fennel slices, fennel fronds, parsley, lemon juice, ¼ cup olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix to combine and set aside
  7. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter cut out polenta cakes from chilled polenta
  8. Dust the polenta cakes with flour
  9. In a large sauté pan over high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the cakes to the pan and crisp on both sides, about 2 minutes per side or until golden. Repeat with remaining oil and polenta cakes
  10. Serve with grated parmesan, fennel citrus salad, and top with Roland® Blood Orange Glaze