Hot appetizers are a must-have during any time of the year for entertaining guests, but especially during the holiday season. These are one of our favorite make-ahead appetizers with a bit of a gourmet twist using a dusting of smoked paprika and a dot of Thai Chile Sauce.
Polenta is essentially a thick cornmeal porridge that is served hot right from the stove like farina creamy wheat, or in the case of today's appetizer, the porridge is chilled in a thick layer and then lightly pan-fried in browned butter. Fried polenta can be boring if the porridge itself isn't seasoned well enough. You'll find this isn't the case with this recipe. Our polenta is rich and flavorful with the addition of cream cheese, cracked pepper and spices.
For the best Polenta, use fresh-milled