Cheesy polenta sticks for your baby

By Julie Van Rosendaal on April 22, 2013
Soft polenta sticks are easy for little hands to grab and chew (they may have as much fun squishing them as they do eating them!) Experiment with different flavour combinations; making polenta is like making cream of wheat, and it’s easy to add grated cheese, herbs and spices, or even bits of meat or veggies. Once cooled, it can easily be cut into sticks or little bites.


1 1/2 cups (375 ml) vegetable cooking liquid, stock or water
1 cup (250 ml) polenta or yellow cornmeal
1 tbsp (15 ml) butter (optional)
1/2–1 cup (125-250 ml) grated cheese (optional)


1. In a medium saucepan, bring the vegetable cooking liquid, stock or water to a simmer and whisk in the polenta or cornmeal, cooking for 3–4 minutes, until it thickens. (It will have the consistency of cooked cream of wheat.)

2. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and/or cheese, if you’re using it. Stir until smooth and then scrape into an 8x8- inch or loaf pan, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold and firm.

3. Cut into cubes or sticks to serve.

Makes about 8 servings.

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, May/June 2013.

By Julie Van Rosendaal | April 22, 2013

Our Magazines

Made possible with the support of Ontario Creates



Read ParentsCanada Digital Magazine For Free

© 2019 ParentsCanada. All rights reserved