Three Cheese Polenta with Bacon and Cranberries

 


By using our Three Cheese Polenta in this recipe instead of making it from scratch, you save a bundle of time and it's even more delicious! Thanks to the Food Network for this wonderful idea! This dish would be perfect as a savory and sweet addition to your next brunch menu.

 

Ingredients

Polenta:

· 1 tray 3 cheese polenta (4 pucks)

To Assemble:

· 10 to 12 strips thick-cut applewood smoked bacon

· 1 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature

· 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave

· Pinch kosher salt

· 1/2 cup dried cranberries

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat frozen or thawed polenta pucks on a greased baking sheet. Brush or spray the top side of the polenta with oil. Bake polenta for 15- 20 minutes or  until the polenta is heated through. Adjust baking time if polenta is thawed.

For assembly: 

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Arrange the bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until brown and crispy, 15 to 17 minutes. (you can bake polenta and bacon at the same time).

Drain bacon on paper towels. When the bacon is cool enough to handle, chop into 1/2-inch pieces. Set aside.

Whisk together the mascarpone cheese, maple syrup and salt in a small bowl until smooth.

Transfer the polenta to 4 bowls or serving plates. Dollop each serving with the mascarpone mixture and divide the bacon pieces and spoon on top along with dried cranberries.