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Polenta Squares

We’ve all been there… just as you stop at your destination you are greeted by the big eyes and hungry mouths of your beloved family and everyone is looking to you to fill those hungry bellies!

In this week’s A Taste of the Great Outdoors, Pretoria Caravans & Outdoor would like to tell you about a unique but quick and easy way to feed everyone at those awkward times, be it just as you arrive at the campsite , caravan park or a stop on the side of the road during a long journey.

This lovely dish doesn’t have to be a snack only and can be part of your main meal as well! Nothing could be more delicious in a short amount of time than pan fried polenta!

You will need to be prepared with toppings though…

Firstly, make sure you have toppings for your polenta squares ready and easy to get to, such as in your caravan fridge. Some of our favourite toppings include cheese, mince, bacon, eggs, baked beans and marmite. You can even use sweet toppings like jam, caramel or cream.

The polenta squares


1 ½ cups polenta

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter

Extra virgin olive oil for grilling

Using your fire or gas stove, add the polenta, salt and butter to a pot of boiling water and mix until thick. Pour the mixture into a tray and allow it to cool and set. Once set cut the polenta into squares.

(Camping hack - prepare these before hand and keep them in the fridge until you need them, you can even freeze it for emergencies!)

Next put a pan over the fire and brush your polenta squares with the olive oil on both sides. Put your squares in the pan for 2-3 minutes before turning and browning the other side and in no time at all you’re ready to serve the hot polenta.

Variety is the final ingredient…

Serve your polenta for breakfast with bacon and egg. Snack at any time of the day with mince or jam. You can even serve it with syrup and cream after a braai as pudding. The options are endless for this delicious, easy and versatile treat!

As always, we love hearing from you, tell us how you eat your polenta squares by commenting down below.

Make sure to take a break with some polenta squares this week, you deserve it!

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