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DeLallo Appetizers | Antipasti Recipes: Polenta Cakes with Pancetta & Mozzarella

Polenta Cakes with Pancetta & Mozzarella


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When you add the classic flavor and texture of polenta to creamy, fresh mozzarella and savory, Italian pancetta--you get one delicious appetizer. With this stacker, it's easy to gather the crowd and settle in for an upcoming meal.


  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/3 cup DeLallo Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup DeLallo Instant Polenta
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 pancetta, thinly sliced (about 8 to 10 slices)
  • 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella


Preheat oven to 350˚F.

In a large bowl, combine all wet ingredients: milk, olive oil and egg. Slowly whisk in polenta, flour and salt to form a batter texture.

Bake pancetta slices for about 10 minutes on a shallow baking sheet.

Heat 1/2-inch of oil in a large saucepan for frying. Once hot, add batter by tablespoons. Cook each side until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Remove and set aside on a paper-towel-lined dish.

Layer polenta cakes with pancetta and mozzarella on a shallow baking sheet to soften cheese, about 10 minutes.

Serve warm.

Serves 4 to 6