Halloween Polenta Bites

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Most Halloween treats are sweet, but you can also celebrate the holiday with more healthful savory dishes. 

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Sweet potatoes (or pumpkin) give today’s recipe its orange hue. Use small Halloween cookie cutters (right) to create a kid-friendly side dish that’s rich in vitamin A. 

All of the ingredients should be available at a well-stocked natural and organic food store. 

Editor’s Note: Turnleftover polenta scraps into croutons. Simply toss with olive oil, and pan-fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Halloween Polenta Bites

Makes about 4 dozen treats

1 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup cooked, puréed sweet potatoes or pumpkin
1 cup cornmeal
1/2 package (4 ounces) cream cheese, cubed

  1. Spray 9” x 13” baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. In large saucepan, combine chicken stock, milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder and nutmeg; bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in puréed sweet potatoes or pumpkin; bring back to boil.
  4. While constantly whisking, add cornmeal in a slow, steady stream, making sure there are no lumps. Reduce heat, and continue stirring until thick, about 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in cream cheese; stir until melted and smooth.
  6. Pour into prepared baking pan. Let set at room temperature at least 1 hour, or refrigerate for longer.
  7. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Serve. 

Recipe and photos courtesy of Wilton Enterprises

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