Total Time
1hr
Prep 40 mins
Cook 20 mins

As you probably know, my family before-me loved polenta and they still do. So this recipe caught my attention, and then we bought the items and yesterday we made it! I loved it & the staff did too! :) Feel free to substitute ready-to-eat-polenta if you'd like. Slice it into rounds (as it looks like a round log) grill, and then top with crab salad. Actually - the whole recipe could all be store-bought-ready-to-eat! However, I doubt that it would taste as great IMHO! ;) CuisineAtHome, Issue #78, December 2009.Total cooking & prep time = 1 hr + chilling.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with non-stick spray; set aside.
  2. MAKE THE POLENTA:.
  3. Combine water and salt in a saucepan over high heat.
  4. Slowly whisk in cornmeal, reduce heat to low, and simmer whisking constantly, until polenta is thick and smooth, 10 minutes.(My grandmother taught me to do it with a wooden spoon!).
  5. Remove polenta from heat; add Parmesan, cream, butter, and 1/2 tsp (or more) Tabasco, whisking until butter melts. (Toppings stay on the polenta better if it's smoothed a bit before chilling - use an offset spatula or a spoon.).
  6. Spread polenta in the prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and chill 2 hours or overnight.
  7. Preheat a grill pan over high heat or preheat broiler to low.
  8. Turn chilled polenta out of pan; cut into 16 squares and brush with olive oil.
  9. Place polenta squares in grill pan and grill for 8-10 minutes or place polenta squares on broiler pan and broil until lightly browned.(When char marks are visible on the polenta edges, use a sturdy spatual to release it from the grill pan.).
  10. Cut squares into triangles.
  11. MAKE THE CRAB SALAD:.
  12. Combine tomatoes, scallions, maynnaise, sour cream, lime juice and the remaining Tabasco for the salad in a bowl until blended.
  13. Gently stir in crabmeat with a fork to coat with dressing.
  14. To serve, top each polenta triangle with 1 teaspoon crab salad.