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Polenta Cake with Crispy Bacon

3.90 from 10 votes
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Protein: Pork
Cut: Bacon
Diet: Gluten Free
Course: Brunch, Side Dish


  • 1 pkg ButcherBox Bacon
  • 2 c polenta or corn meal grits Preferred: Bob's Red Mill
  • 3 c water
  • 3 c milk water or stock can always be used instead
  • ½ c parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil


  • Prepare a 9 x 13 baking sheet pan with parchement paper and pan spray, set aside.
  • Dice bacon into medium pieces. Place in skillet and slowly render fat on medium low heat. Cook for approximately 20-30 minutes until bacon is crispy.
  • While bacon is cooking, place water and milk mixture in large sauce pot on high heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Once liquid is boiling turn heat down to medium and gradually add polenta, stirring frequently with a whisk so polenta does not clump and thickens, approximately 30 minutes.
  • Once polenta has thickened remove from heat and add parmesan and crispy bacon. season to taste with kosher salt and pepper.
  • Pour polenta onto prepared sheet pan. Spread out evenly with a rubber spatula. Place in refrigerator and let it set. Overnight, is always best for polenta cakes.
  • Once polenta is set, invert onto a cutting board. Cut into 12 squares.
  • Heat frying pan on medium heat. Add avocado oil to pan and sear polenta cake for 3 minutes on both sides. Serve and enjoy!
    Chef Tip: Makes a great side for meal prep or dice into smaller cubes and pan fry for an alternative crouton for your favorite salad!
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