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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  1. muppy April 8, 2011  9:22 am Reply

    How delicious, what a grand idea! I'll have to seriously look for a Madeline tin :)

    • delicieux April 8, 2011  11:03 am Reply

      Thanks for your comments TheFoodMentalist :D I'd never thought of savoury madeleine's before either, but I think it's a fantastic idea. Definitely wonderful to munch on over a wine or three!

  2. Dzenana April 8, 2011  11:39 am Reply

    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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    • delicieux April 8, 2011  1:49 pm Reply

      I'm one of those people too Dzenana so delicious unmessy finger food is a winner for me!

  3. CC11 April 8, 2011  12:11 pm Reply

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

  4. Stephanie April 8, 2011  2:14 pm Reply

    I've never had savory Madeleines before! These sound really interesting and I like the color. Very cool!
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  5. Min {Honest Vanilla} April 8, 2011  3:56 pm Reply

    Wow this definitely exciting! I came over from Foodgawker after seeing these savoury Madeleines :) Wonderful treat!
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    • delicieux April 9, 2011  11:20 am Reply

      Thanks for visiting Min :D

  6. Sylvie@GITK April 8, 2011  8:58 pm Reply

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

  7. Wendi April 8, 2011  10:32 pm Reply

    This recipe makes me wish I hadn't gotten rid of my madeline pans. Love the savory spin.
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    • delicieux April 9, 2011  11:23 am Reply

      They are definitely worth trying Wendi as they are so addictive. These will definitely be a staple in my repertoire. :D

  8. Sukaina April 9, 2011  4:38 am Reply

    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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  9. Gina April 10, 2011  3:34 am Reply

    Great idea, thanks! Will be making these regularly.

  10. Mary April 12, 2011  1:11 pm Reply

    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!

    • delicieux April 12, 2011  3:11 pm Reply

      Let me know how you go with the recipe Mary :D Enjoy your new madeleine pan!

  11. @happyolks April 16, 2011  8:49 am Reply

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

  12. queenotisblue May 2, 2011  9:40 am Reply

    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.

  13. james May 25, 2011  4:56 pm Reply

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

    • delicieux May 26, 2011  8:11 am Reply

      Hi James, I think these would work in a mini muffin pan as well. Let me know how you go :D

  14. Anneli Faiers December 10, 2011  1:24 am Reply

    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?

    • delicieux December 13, 2011  3:27 pm Reply

      Did you use instant polenta? I use instant polenta, but they do still have a little crunch too them, although not too much.

  15. f January 31, 2012  7:45 am Reply it possible to make these WITHOUT using Polenta ?
    I'm allergic.


    • delicieux February 1, 2012  11:34 am Reply


      You could try replacing the polenta with flour. The recipe will probably need some tweaking though in terms of the amount of liquid. :)


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