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I’ve made loads of dishes from Cicchetti and Other Small Italian Dishes to Share. This dish though, Polenta Crostini with Cheese and Ham, is perhaps my least favourite, simply because I don’t really like polenta. The original recipe calls for Caciocacallo cheese and thin slices of capocolle. A touch tricky to find around my way so pama ham and mozzarella were substituted. I believe that Caciocacallo is a lightly smoked cheese, so something that melts deliciously and has a tinge of smoky flavour would work well as a replacement.

Polenta crostini are simply slices of cooked polenta, mixed with chopped rosemary and poured into a rectangular baking dish to cool and to set. Once set it is cut into even slices and baked at 200C for 10 minutes to crisp up and warm through before being topped with the cheese and the meat. If I ever make them again I would be tempted to put a while bunch of parmesan or similar in the polenta too.

An adaptation of Bassilicata Salami and Caciocavallo Cheese from Cicchetti by Lindy Wildsmith and Valentina Haris

An adaptation of Bassilicata Salami and Caciocavallo Cheese from Cicchetti by Lindy Wildsmith and Valentina Haris

Polenta Crostini with Cheese and Ham

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

serves 4

Polenta Crostini with Cheese and Ham

Ingredients

  • 170g lightly smoked cheese, caciocacallo or mozzarella
  • 10-12 slices of capocolle, Italian ham or salami
  • polenta crostini

Instructions

  1. Polenta crostini are simply slices of cooked polenta, mixed with chopped rosemary and poured into a rectangular baking dish to cool and set. This is then sliced and baked at 200C for 10 minutes to crisp up and warm through before being topped with the cheese and meat and re-baked.
  2. Oven to 200C
  3. On a greased baking tray place slices of polenta crostini
  4. top with salami or Pama Ham wrapped around the cheese
  5. Bake until the cheese melts
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  1. Feel free to make these for me any time… I love polenta! Lovely atmospheric shot – like a still-life.

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