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Polenta and Cheese Balls with Sausages and Dill

by Adina 24/01/2017 14 comments

Polenta and Cheese Balls
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Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside: polenta balls rolled with feta cheese and sausages.

Polenta and Cheese Balls

These Polenta and Cheese Balls with Sausages and Dill are another twist on the classic polenta. This time you will mix the polenta with feta cheese and chopped sausages, form some little balls and bake them. Your kids will love them! At least mine did, they were all over the thingies and they ate them not only warm but cold as well.

The Polenta and Cheese Balls with Sausages and Dill are quite versatile as well. I added sausages because that is what almost any Romanian would probably do, but if you want to keep the balls vegetarian – please do! Leave out the sausages and add more cheese. You could even add finely chopped olives or green onions as well, if you like. I do! Especially the olives. 🙂 Not very Romanian but for sure delicious would be some sun- dried tomatoes, roasted peppers or some anchovies… The feta cheese can be substituted as well: Gouda, cheddar or any stronger tasting cheese would be great.

Polenta and Cheese Balls

This is what I like most about cooking: the endless possibilities, playing with the ingredients, searching for new flavors or new directions when cooking something you think you already know. Like this recipe: just start with a plain basic polenta, think of a new form of presenting it – in this case balls and add new flavors. The result is something just as comforting and delicious as the original polenta, but so much more exciting, I would say.

Polenta and Cheese Balls

The only advice I can give when making this super easy recipe is to make sure that you spice up the balls accordingly. Don’t be skimpy with the salt, in my opinion anything made with polenta requires more salt one would actually think. But depending on how salty your feta cheese is and how spicy the sausages, you might need to adjust the salt accordingly. Taste and add until you reach the desired taste.

Polenta and Cheese Balls

Polenta and Cheese Balls

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Serves: 30

, Polenta and Cheese Balls with Sausages and Dill
Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside: polenta balls rolled with feta cheese and sausages.
  • 250 g/ 8.8 oz/ 1⅔ cups coarse or medium cornmeal
  • 1 liter/ 33.8 fl.oz/ 4 ¼ cups water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine salt
  • 300 g/ 10.5 oz fresh sausages of your liking
  • 150 g/ 5.3 oz feta cheese (or Romanian telemea)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small handful grated cheese (Gouda or cheddar)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • crème fraiche/ sour cream/ Greek yogurt to serve
  1. Start by making a basic polenta.
  2. Pour the water into a large pot. Heat the water but don't let it come to a boil (it helps against the formation of lumps). Add the salt. Slowly add the cornmeal while stirring or whisking (with an egg beater not a mixer) all the time. A word of caution - be careful when the polenta starts to bubble, if the bubbles are too big you might get burned – so turn the heat down if that happens. When all the cornmeal is incorporated, continue stirring or whisking shortly to make sure there are no lumps. Turn the heat down, place a lid on top but leave a crack open. Stir every 4-5 minutes or so but there is definitely no need to stir all the time.
  3. Read the cooking instructions on the polenta packet just to know for sure how long the cornmeal needs to be cooked. I cook the polenta made with coarse cornmeal for 40 to 50 minutes and the polenta made with medium cornmeal for about 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius/ 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. To make the balls: mix the polenta with the finely chopped sausages and the crumbled feta cheese. Add the lightly beaten egg, dill, salt and pepper. Make about 30 balls about the size of a golf ball. Wet your hands after every 3 or 4 balls, it makes things easier.
  6. Place the balls in a buttered casserole dish and sprinkle each ball with a little bit of the grated cheese. Place a tiny amount of butter on each ball.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes in the hot oven or until golden. Serve immediately with crème fraiche/ sour cream/ Greek yogurt and a green salad.

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Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop 24/01/2017 - 14:09

I think these polenta balls would be a hit in my house too! Cheesy and creamy and easy to just pop in your mouth! I love it!

Adina 24/01/2017 - 20:32

Thank you, Kathy.

Balvinder 24/01/2017 - 16:18

All of your recipes with polenta are really good. These cheese balls are great to get the party going. What can I substitute sausages for?

Adina 24/01/2017 - 20:33

Lots of things, Balvinder: olives, green onions, sun-dried tomatoes, more cheese, roasted peppers and so on.

mjskitchen 25/01/2017 - 04:13

What a fantastic collection of polenta recipes but I have to admit that this one is my favorite. Just made a batch of chorizo which would be a great sausage to use here. These are super fabulous!!! Thanks for all of these great recipes!

Dawn @ Girl Heart Food 25/01/2017 - 13:39

These look delicious and love the addition of sausage. These would make a perfect meal for Friday or Saturday night. Bet they would be delicious with tomato sauce too!

Sissi 25/01/2017 - 13:42

I love your series of dishes with the same ingredient! I see you’re in a polenta cooking period…. The balls look very original and cute.

Gingi Freeman 25/01/2017 - 17:27

Now THESE look marvelous! Would love to serve something like this as an appetizer at a future gathering! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

Nicoletta @sugarlovespices 25/01/2017 - 18:45

You are so right, polenta is so versatile and here you can play with endless possibilities, vegetarian and not. I would stick with the vegetarian option, but my husband and step son would love your version with sausages!

Karen (Back Road Journal) 25/01/2017 - 21:14

I’ve pinned your recipe, the polenta balls sound absolutely delicious.

Monica 25/01/2017 - 23:36

This is a great idea and looks very tasty! I was experimenting with polenta a couple of years back…I got as far as polenta “fries” but didn’t think of possibilities like this! : )

Marvellina Goh 26/01/2017 - 00:52

You are seriously rolling with all the polenta series! Love it! From sweet to savory!!! I have to admit I don’t make much of polenta myself because I’m not sure what else I can make with it besides the polenta porridge, but you just gave me plenty of ideas here!!

Lisa 01/10/2018 - 05:27

I saw these on a you tube video of Romanian food. They look so go. They were served with a dipping sauce that was supposed to be really garlicky. Do you have a recipe? They also had this awesome dish they were calling a Romanian pancake. It looked like a thin stuffed pizza made in a skillet it also had bacon in it.
I was wishing I had a friend who could tell me about these yummy looking dishes. So glad I found you blog. 🙂

Adina 02/10/2018 - 10:23

Hi Lisa. Send me a link of this video. If the garlic sauce is clear, it is just grated garlic, water and salt. If not, it is probably made with sour cream instead of water. Lots of garlic, at least 5 thick cloves. I usually use more.the Romanian Pancake could be placinta. I have 2 recipes here, one with cheese, one with cabbage.


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