Polenta & pancetta stuffing

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Add this unusual, creamy stuffing to your Christmas banquet this year

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:1 hrs 10 mins
  • Serves 8
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 268
  • fat 19g
  • saturates 9g
  • carbs 12g
  • sugars 3g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 12g
  • salt 2.19g


  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 x 70g packs cubetti di pancetta
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 thyme sprigs, leave stripped and finely chopped, plus extra to serve
  • 1 x 500g pack ready-cooked polenta, chopped into cubes
  • 50g parmesan, grated
  • 250ml single or whipping cream
  • 250ml chicken or vegetable stock


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. In a large frying pan, gently fry the onion in the oil until soft, about 8-10 mins. Stir in the pancetta, garlic and thyme, and cook until the pancetta is browned and crisp. Stir in the polenta and half the cheese and cook for a few mins – don’t worry if the polenta breaks up. You can prepare up to this stage up to a day ahead.

  2. Add the cream and stock to the pan, mix thoroughly, then pour into an oiled baking dish. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over and bake for 40 mins or until browned on top. Allow to stand for 10 mins before serving.

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