Polenta Bites

Mar 13, 2022

A café favorite full of flavor and nutrition, and far too often overlooked

Polenta often doesn’t get the credit it deserves—except for here in the café, where we love us some polenta bites! This easy-to-make, basic food is actually filled with protein and fiber, while being low in calories and fat—and quite yummy if we don’t say so ourselves. I’d call that an all-around win.


  • 1 cup polenta (or cornmeal)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp Earth Balance butter 

Optional: Add veggies and herbs (at the café, we love to add cherry tomatoes and spinach) 



  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium size pot over high heat. 
  2. Add teaspoon salt. Pour polenta slowly into water, stirring continuously as mixture thickens, 2-3 minutes and then add butter. 
  3. Turn heat to low. Cook for at least 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. If it is become too thick add 1/2 cup water. 
  4. Add your veggies and mix them in to the pot. 
  5. On a greased cookie sheet, pour the mixture carefully onto the pan, using a spatula to spread evenly. Cool to room temperature to allow polenta to firm. 
  6. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3-4 days. 

Note: We serve polenta bites as an appetizer that can be dipped in a side of marinara sauce or can be paired with sautéed greens, tofu or tempeh with creamy pesto sauce. Get creative with your plant-based healthy eating!

—Lea Haas, Owner, The Garden Cafe Woodstock


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