Sun Dried Tomato Polenta with Parmesan and Truffle Oil


Creamy polenta garnished with sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of truffle oil is an essential appetizer for your next dinner party.  Polenta is a meal of love, as it requires continuous attention while cooking. Originally copper kettle pots with narrow basins were used to create this delicious corn meal side. This small plate dish encompasses the flavors of the Mediterranean using fresh grape tomatoes, and white salt. Through our travels in Europe we discovered the mend of flavors between the Urbani truffles and sun dried tomatoes compliment each other nicely.

Total Cook Time: 45 minutes

Gluten Free Vegetarian

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Julienne Cut Sun Dried Tomatoes in Premium Oil with Italian Herbs 8.5 oz

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  • ½ cup course corn meal polenta (Golden Pheasant brand, or Bob’s Red Mill recommended)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • About half of an 8 ½ oz jar Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes Julienne Cut in oil  *Reserve the oil for the main course
  • 2 TB grated parmesan
  • 1 TB + 1 tsp Urbani white truffle oil
  • 1 very large pinch (about ½ tsp) Urbani white truffle salt
  • ½ small container chives, chopped very finely
  • Grape tomatoes for garnish


  • On a high flame, bring the water with the 1 tsp salt to a boil.
  • Whisk in the polenta vigorously for 1 minute, turn to medium and continue to whisk 1 minute, turn to low and continue to whisk until the polenta and water are combined and a porridge is simmering.
  • Keep on a very low flame, whisking occasionally, for 45 minutes.
  • Remove to a square plastic 1-inch to 2-inch tall container, smooth the top with a spatula and place in the refrigerator for one hour or more.
  • When cool, remove from container, cut into slices, then triangles and arrange the triangles point out on a platter.
  • Sprinkle the truffle salt on the triangles then drizzle the truffle oil. Arrange the sun dried tomato juliennes on the thick end of each triangle, sprinkle parmesan and chives all over and fill the center of the platter with grape tomatoes.

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