Polenta Pancakes: the Wonderful Result of a Severe Food Rut

Despite everything, some days I get into terrible food ruts. I can’t find anything interesting and new to try, and nothing sounds particularly appealing. Eventually, I just got fed up with myself (and kinda hungry) and decided to just start cooking and see what happens. I started with polenta, and then wanted to fry it, which lead to some trial and error ingredient additions. Then I tried putting some cheese and honey on it, and it was awesome. Super awesome. So here is the finished product of my random experimentation: Sweet and Savory Polenta Pancakes.

polenta pancakes

Step 1: The Polenta
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup polenta/cornmeal
1/2 tablespoon honey

Bring the vegetable broth to a boil, and add the cornmeal or polenta. Stir constantly, making sure to break up any lumps that form, while the polenta thickens. When it is nearly done, add in the honey. Finish cooking until the polenta is thick, and doesn’t taste grainy. Stick in the fridge to cool.

Step 2: The pancakes
The polenta, cooled
1 egg
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Add the egg, flour, and baking powder to the polenta. Melt some butter in a frying pan, and plop the polenta and fry into pancakes. Warning, the polenta is still pretty soft, making the pancakes somewhat tricky to flip, so you don’t want to make them too big, or thick.

Step 3: The topping
1-2 ounces strong cheese

Once the pancakes are done, top with some intense shredded cheese and honey. I used Raclette, a French Alsace-region cheese, but anything in that family, gruyere, comte, etc. would likely work. Drizzle over with honey and serve warm.

The outcome is delicious. I made these for dinner, but they make a great breakfast as well, as I discovered with the leftovers. The nice thing about them is that they are both sweet and savory at the same time, a combination I adore. You can serve these with pretty much anything, wine, beer, tea, milk, etc. This is just a beautifully versatile dish. Song of the week: Only by Nine Inch Nails. I’m not a metal fan, but sometimes its nice to listen to something more hardcore, and this song strikes me as metal meets Talking Heads. Its’ good stuff, particularly the ramped up bass. 

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