Kids get very accustomed to the foods we normally serve them for breakfast every morning. So whenever I break out of my usual routine and try something new, I always pause wondering if my guys will like it or send me back for what they’re used to. Occasionally, I play around with recipes just to see how my little ones will react and that’s where the idea for this sweet polenta recipe came from. Normally, I make polenta savory with Parmesan cheese for lunch or dinner, but I wanted to see how a sweet version for breakfast would go over. Polenta is such an unusual change of pace for breakfast in my house that even I was shocked at my kids’ reaction — they were delighted. Even my 22 month old, Chloe, kept asking for more.
See what your gang thinks. It’s a simple and inexpensive recipe that you can prepare ahead of time and keep in the fridge so all you have to do in the morning is give them a quick sauté and serve with your favorite topping. It’s an easy and inexpensive breakfast that may be new, but I’m guessing your family will love it!
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- 7 cups water
- 1 instant polenta
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 tablespoons butter plus more for sautéing
- Line a sheet tray with foil and coat with cooking spray.
- Bring 7 cups of water and salt to a boil.
- Add polenta in a slow stream while whisking continuously to avoid lumps.
- Turn heat to low and continue to stir with a wooden spoon until polenta thickens, 5-8 minutes (you may add more boiling water as needed to keep the polenta a smooth consistency).
- Turn the heat off and add brown sugar, spices and butter and stir to combine.
- Pour onto a sheet tray and spread polenta out with the back of a spoon to cover the tray evenly and cool.
- Refrigerate the polenta for 30 minutes or covered for up to 2 days.
- Remove the sheet tray from the refrigerator and use cookie cutters to stamp out fun shapes (this is the time to get your kids involved and let them be creative).**
- Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the polenta shapes for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden.
- Serve (you can also serve these cold).
- * Once sauteed, the polenta can stay refrigerated for up to a week.
- **Shapes can be frozen for up to 3 months.
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