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BBQ polenta with basil and blistered cherry tomatoes

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  • Egg free
  • Gluten free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Wheat free
  • Shellfish free
  • Seafood free
  • No added sugar
  • Vegetarian
  • High in protein

Give this gluten-free grilled polenta dish some pretty pops of colour with basil leaves and juicy cherry tomatoes.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time20 minutes
  • Prep time5 minutes, + 3 hours setting time
bbq polenta with basil and blistered cherry tomatoes


  • 6 cups (1.5L) chicken stock
  • 2 cups (340g) polenta (cornmeal)
  • 1/2 cup (40g) shredded parmesan
  • 250g vine-ripened cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 210g tub bocconcini, drained, torn
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, torn

Nutritional information

Per Serve: Energy: 1521kJ/364 Cals (17%), Protein: 16g (32%), Fat: 27g (39%), Sat Fat: 9g (38%), Carb: 16g (5%), Sugar: 5g (6%), Dietary Fibre: 3g (10%), Sodium: 676mg (34%).

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  1. Step 1

    Line the base and sides of a 20cm x 30cm (base measurement) lamington or Swiss roll pan with baking paper. Place the stock in a large saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. Add the polenta in a slow, steady stream, stirring constantly until combined. Reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring often, for 8 mins or until the polenta thickens. Remove from heat.

  2. Step 2

    Add the parmesan to the polenta and stir until well combined. Season. Pour evenly into the lined pan and smooth the surface. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours or until firm.

  3. Step 3

    Cut polenta into triangles. Spray with olive oil spray. Heat a barbecue grill or chargrill on high. Cook the polenta, turning, for 5 mins each side or until lightly charred. Spray tomatoes with olive oil spray and cook on the grill for 3 mins or until just tender and blistered.

  4. Step 4

    Place oil and vinegar in a screw-top jar. Season. Seal and shake until well combined. Arrange the polenta pieces on a large serving platter and top with tomatoes, bocconcini and basil. Drizzle with a little dressing. Season. Serve with the remaining dressing.

Recipe tip

Clever storage:
Store leftover grilled polenta in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Smart swap: Got fresh mozzarella in the fridge? Use instead of the torn bocconcini.