Polenta, blue cheese and fig tarts

  • 20 mins cooking
  • Makes 24 Item
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Polenta, blue cheese and fig tarts
  • 2 cup (500ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (80g) instant polenta
  • 1/2 cup (40g) parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 24 x 6cm (2½-inch) small tart cases (220g)
  • 12 small_piece fresh figs (600g), halved lengthways
  • 150 gram blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup fresh chervil sprigs, loosely packed
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) balsamic glaze
  • 24 mini store bought tart shells


Polenta, blue cheese and fig tarts
  • 1
    To make polenta, place milk in a small, heavy- based saucepan over medium heat, bring to a simmer. Whisking continuously, gradually add polenta in a thin stream, whisk for 5 minutes or until cooked and thickened. Remove from heat, stir in parmesan and chives. Season to taste.
  • 2
    Place about 1 tablespoon of polenta into each tart shell. (If the polenta has thickened too much on standing, thin it by gradually whisking in a little extra milk.) Top with fig halves, sprinkle over blue cheese.
  • 3
    Place tarts on a large platter, top with chervil sprigs, drizzle with balsamic glaze.


Instant polenta, available from supermarkets, comes with cooking times varying from 1-5 minutes, so it's always best to read the packet directions. To keep polenta warm when serving, place polenta in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir occasionally to prevent a skin from forming. If fresh figs are out of season, substitute with dried figs.

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