A selection of date, blue cheese & pancetta polenta stacks on a serving tray

Date, blue cheese & pancetta polenta stacks

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus 1 hr chilling
  • Easy
  • Serves 6-8 (makes 16)

Serve these date, blue cheese and pancetta polenta stacks as canapés at a party. Try a veggie twist by using chopped toasted nuts instead of pancetta for crunch

Nutrition: Per serving (8)
NutrientUnit
kcal258
fat14g
saturates6g
carbs25g
sugars16g
protein7g
salt1g
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Ingredients

Method

  • STEP 1

    Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. On a baking tray, sandwich a single layer of pancetta rashers between two pieces of parchment, then weigh it down with a second tray (this will stop it wrinkling as it cooks). Bake for 10-15 mins until the fat is crisp and golden. Pat with kitchen paper to absorb any excess fat. The pancetta can be cooked a day ahead and chilled. Reheat before serving.

  • STEP 2

    Oil a 20cm round tin. Boil the stock in a saucepan, then slowly stir in the polenta and simmer for 5 mins, whisking, until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 tbsp oil, the rosemary and parmesan, if using, and season. Spoon the mixture into the tin, level the top, then set in the fridge for at least 1 hr in the fridge or until very firm. 

  • STEP 3

    When ready to eat, heat a griddle pan or non-stick frying pan until hot. Cut the set polenta into 16 wedges, brush with a little oil, then cook for 4 mins on each side or until golden and marked. Transfer to a serving plate or board. The polenta can be griddled a day ahead. Reheat it in a hot oven for a few minutes before serving.

  • STEP 4

    Meanwhile, use a cutlery knife to push about 1 tsp cheese into the middle of each date half. Thread a cocktail stick through each stuffed date, then add a piece of pancetta, two spinach leaves and a wedge of hot polenta. To serve, drizzle with a little of the pomegranate molasses.

RECIPE TIPS
GET AHEAD

You could skip cooking the pancetta by buying smoked crispy bacon, then breaking it into shards.

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