Recipe: Polenta with Fig and Red Onion Relish and Goat's Cheese

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These polenta bites make the perfect vegetarian canapé served warm or cold.

Make 20-24


  • 1 litre vegetable stock or cold water250g polenta or coarse maize1 tsp salt1 tsp dried oregano, optional1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • Fig and red onion relish75g goat's cheeseFreshly ground black pepper


  • Bring the stock to the boil in a large saucepan. Combine the polenta, salt and oregano then quickly whisk them into the boiling liquid. As soon as it comes to the boil again, reduce the heat and exchange your whisk for a wooden spoon. Simmer the polenta, stirring regularly, for about 10 minutes or until thick and porridge-like. Be careful as it will splatter volcanically.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and quickly spread the polenta evenly over it so it is no more than 1cm (½in) thick. Use a dampened pallet for at least 30 minutes. (The recipe can be prepared up to two days in advance to this stage.)
  • Using a 3-4cm (1¼-1½ in) round cutter, cut out rounds from the polenta. Brush both sides of each round with olive oil and cook the wedges either under a hot grill or in a griddle pan, turning once, until golden and crisp. Alternatively heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes each side.
  • Place the polenta rounds on a serving platter. Put a dollop of Fig and red onion relish on each round and top with a small cube or crumble of goat’s cheese and a grind of black pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.


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