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Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

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Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers
  • Prep Time 60 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 0 min
  • Servings 30
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Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

A fun appetizer that has a classy look but a homey flavor.

Ingredients

2
cups cornmeal
2
cups milk
4
cups chicken stock
1/2
pound deli ham, sliced thin
1
cup cheddar cheese, grated
4
ounces cheddar cheese, sliced into squares

Directions

  • 1 Bring the milk and stock to a simmer. Whisk in the cornmeal. Turn to low and cook for about 35-45 minutes, stirring constantly to form polenta mixture.
  • 2 Line a baking dish with parchment and spoon in 1/3 of the polenta mixture. The polenta will be starting to firm up quickly so make sure you work fast. Spread the polenta out thin. Sprinkle on a light cheese layer, followed by ham, and then a little more cheese. Repeat, creating a middle layer with another 1/3 of polenta. Add cheese, ham, and more cheese, and then top with the final polenta layer. Spread smooth. Top with more parchment and press it down to make it tight. Place in the fridge to rest overnight.
  • 3 Preheat the oven to 450ºF.
  • 4 Use a round cookie cutter, empty tin can or anything round and sharp. Quickly and firmly, cut out rounds with the cutter. Place the rounds onto a greased baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the edges are starting to crisp and brown.
  • 5 Turn the broiler on. Top with the cheese squares and broil for a few minutes until the cheese gets gooey.
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If you love ham and cheese sandwiches, you'll love these little polenta stackers.

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

Layers of creamy polenta, ham and plenty of cheese make these stackers the ultimate snack. 

Polenta is a fun alternative to bready appetizers, especially when you're feeding people with gluten allergies. I recently had the idea for these fun stacked polenta ham and cheese bites, but when I first made them, they totally fell apart on me! I made a few tweaks in the recipe and finally got it right. It was totally worth the extra effort because the final outcome was fantastic!

One important step in making these right is making sure to fully cook the polenta. Sometimes when I'm making polenta I only cook it about half the time to retain a little more texture, but when you want it to be nice and firm, you have to cook it for the full 45 minutes. When you taste the polenta it'll be super creamy and not have that gritty texture anymore.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

To get started, whisk the cornmeal into simmering milk and chicken stock.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

It will thicken up right away. Just keep cooking and stirring.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

Nice and thick.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

Put 1/3 of the polenta into a baking dish and top it with some ham.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

Then cheese. Yum.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

Once it cools, cut out the rounds with a cookie cutter or empty can. Make sure you make forceful cuts to have a nice smooth stack.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

Bake these at 450ºF to get browned and crispy.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

Top them with some cheese before a final broil.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

Oh yeaaaaaaah. Cheesy, crispy on the outside, and soft in the middle.

 

Polenta Ham and Cheese Stackers

These are really tasty snacks!

 

Dan Whalen (@tFimB) is happy these were worth the extra testing. He has been blogging for over 6 years at The Food in my Beard; check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!

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