Fun Friday: Polenta, Parmesan, Chive & Garlic Madeleine’s

Polenta Parmesan Chive Garlic Madeleine recipe

When most people think of Madeleines they immediately think of a sweet cake, such as the Madeleine’s au Chocolat I’ve made previously, not something savoury.  So when I saw savoury madeleine’s on Donna Hay’s website I had to try them.

These Madeleine’s are the perfect finger food to serve at a party, for your guests to munch on while they sip on wine or a cocktail (such as the French Martini I featured last Friday), and would be wonderful at a picnic.  They are light, but substantial at the same time, and can easily be eaten with one hand without making a mess everywhere, which is something I think is important for party finger food.  They are also deliciously addictive!

For my version of these madeleine’s I went with a mix of polenta, parmesan, chives and garlic.  They were such a hit I also made a rosemary version too, but you can mix in your own flavours and make them your own.

Have you had savoury Madeleine’s before?

Vegetarian savoury madeleine recipe

Polenta, Parmesan, Chive & Garlic Madeleine’s
Recipe adapted from Donna Hay
Makes 12 Madeleine’s


  • ⅓ cup (55g) instant polenta
  • 2 tablespoons plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of (baking) soda, sifted
  • ½ cup (40g) finely grated parmesan
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 20g olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup (80 ml) buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped chives
  • 1 clove of garlic, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 180 Celsius (355 Farenheit) and lightly grease a Madeleine tray.
  2. Place the polenta, flour, bicarbonate of soda, parmesan, garlic, chives, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Add the olive oil, egg and buttermilk and stir until smooth.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the Madeleine tray and bake for 8–10 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
  5. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.



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29 Comments on "Fun Friday: Polenta, Parmesan, Chive & Garlic Madeleine’s"

January 31, 2012

Hi…is it possible to make these WITHOUT using Polenta ?
I’m allergic.


December 10, 2011

I just made these and the flavour is delicious but I found the texture to be quite grainy with the polenta…. Am I doing something wrong? Are they supposed to have an almost crunchy texture?

May 25, 2011

sounds yummy, do you think they would work in a mini muffin pan if a madeleine pan isn't easy to come by?

May 2, 2011

What a great idea, particularly as they provide a wheat-free option to have with soup. Like many of the other commentators say, I've never thought of madeleines as being savoury. Will definitely give them a try.

April 16, 2011

What a fabulous rendition on madeleines! Pretty and delicious, I'm sure!

April 12, 2011

My daughter gave me a mini-madeleine pan for Christmas and I haven’t yet used it. This weekend, I’ll be trying these! Thanks!

Wow never heard of savory or polenta madeleines. Sound yummy!

April 10, 2011

Great idea, thanks! Will be making these regularly.

April 9, 2011

These would be such great finger food at parties! Wow, the possibilities for flavors are endless now!
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April 9, 2011

You're right. When I read the title of the post. I was intrigued…..never heard of savoury madeleines…but they do sound gorgeous!
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April 8, 2011

This recipe makes me wish I hadn't gotten rid of my madeline pans. Love the savory spin.
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April 8, 2011

They look wonderful, I like the idea of making a rosemary version of these too.

April 8, 2011

OMG what a great idea!!!!!
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Wow this definitely exciting! I came over from Foodgawker after seeing these savoury Madeleines :) Wonderful treat!
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April 8, 2011

They look gorgeous! I would LOVE to try these!

April 8, 2011

I've never had savory Madeleines before! These sound really interesting and I like the color. Very cool!
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April 8, 2011

I would never have thought to make them for a dinner party but what a great idea!

April 8, 2011

I've never even heard of savory madeleins, let alone had them! They look delicious, and I love the fact that they're not messy! (I'm one of those people that can never seem to eat finger food in any kind of tidy fashion).
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April 8, 2011

These look great and I think they are just the thing to munch on with friends over wine! yum! I had never thought of them as savoury but am loving it!
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