"For a smooth, quick-cooking polenta, the liquid-to-polenta ratio should be 3-to-1." —Rach


Credit: Christopher Testani

Recipe Summary


This recipe originally appeared in our Winter/Spring 2022 issue. Get the magazine here.


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat the broth or water and milk in a large saucepot until boiling. Whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue whisking for 2 to 3 minutes, until smooth and creamy; remove from heat. Stir in cheese, EVOO or butter, black pepper, and honey until combined. Season with salt, then fold in tomatoes. Transfer to a parchment-lined 17-by-10-inch baking pan or two 9-by-9-inch baking dishes, spreading into an even layer. Set in freezer to chill for 15 minutes.

  • Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or nonstick pan over medium heat. Cut the firm polenta into 12 equal slices and use your hands to make free-form fritters about the size of your palm (about 3 inches in diameter). Spray one side of the fritters generously with cooking spray and place 6 in pan sprayed-side down. Fry until golden, 2 to 3 minutes; spray the top side of the fritters, then flip and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, until golden. Repeat with remaining fritters. Transfer to a wire rack or a paper-towel- lined plate.

  • Toss arugula with juice of half the lemon, a drizzle of EVOO, and salt. Serve 3 fritters with arugula alongside and garnish with celery leaves or parsley. Cut remaining lemon half into small wedges and serve with meal.


Semi-dried tomatoes are readily available online and in many markets that carry Italian goods—but if you can't find them, as a substitute, cover sun-dried tomatoes with boiling water until soft, then drain.