Jalapeno-Jack Polenta Cakes With Cilantro Corn Salsa

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep
45 mins
Cook
20 mins

My submission for the 2007 Cooking Light contest. A hit with those who tried it but, sadly, did not make the cut. For the salsa, I like to roast 2 ears of corn on the cob for 15 mins in the oven, then cut the kernels off. Gives it an extra level of flavor!

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Slowly add the cornmeal while stirring constantly (important to avoid lumps).
  2. Reduce heat to simmer and continue to stir the mixture for 20 minutes or until the polenta is thick enough to hold a wooden spoon upright.
  3. Add jalepeno, cheese, salt and pepper to polenta and stir well to combine.
  4. Pour polenta in an oiled dish or pan and refrigerate until firm (about 1 hour but this will vary).
  5. While polenta cools, prepare salsa by combining all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Remove cooled polenta from fridge and turn out onto cutting board.
  7. Cut into 8 servings and place on an oiled baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray or lighlty brush with oil.
  8. Place polenta in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Place 2 servings on each plate and top with salsa.