• Prep Time
    45 Mins
  • Cook Time
    0 Mins
  • Total Time
    45 Mins
  • The base number of servings for this recipe is 4
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    Deep-Fried Polenta with Queso Blanco and Avocado

    This recipe brings lots of great latin flavors and textures together into one pretty appetizer. Salty queso blanco gets mixed into the cooked polenta before being fried until crisp and sprinkled with creamy avocado and pine nuts.


    Ingredients
    3
    cups
    milk
    1/2
    teaspoon
    chile powder
    1/2
    teaspoon
    ground white pepper
    1/4
    teaspoon
    cumin
    10
    ounces
    polenta
    10
    ounces
    queso blanco, crumbled
    1
    to 2 ripe Hass avocado, peeled and chopped
    1/2
    cup
    pine nuts or pumpkin seeds, toasted and salted
    2
    tablespoons
    finely minced cilantro leaves or a small bunch
    1/2
    cup
    canola oil, for frying
    *
    Sea salt and ground white pepper
    Directions
    In a large pot, bring milk, 3 cups water, chile powder, pepper, cumin and salt to a simmer.
    Reduce heat. Add polenta and stir with a fork to remove lumps.
    As polenta starts to thicken, add half of the queso blanco, reserving the rest in the refrigerator. Stir until cheese starts to melt. Turn off heat and allow to rest.
    When cool enough to handle, spoon mixture out onto plastic wrap. Shape into a tube 2 to 3 inches thick and wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
    In a frying pan, heat oil until ready for frying. Remove polenta and queso blanco from the refrigerator.
    Unwrap the polenta and slice the tube into 10 to 12 ½-inch-thick slices. Add 5 to 6 slices to pan and fry until golden brown on one side. Flip and fry on the other side. Remove and drain on paper towels. Repeat with the remaining slices.
    Arrange 2 to 3 polenta patties per plate. Top with chopped avocado and the remaining queso blanco. Sprinkle with nuts or seeds, then garnish with cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

    The base number of servings for this recipe is 4
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