Basic Cheese Polenta

Basic Cheese Polenta

102 Reviews 7 Pics
  • Prep

    4 h
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    4 h 30 m
Recipe by  Dawn

“Why buy polenta in a box when you can make it from scratch cheaper? A great day-before dish. Once the polenta has been refrigerated serve it in a variety of different ways: sliced and fried--or serve it immediately as a mashed potato or rice substitute!”

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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  1. In a mixing bowl combine cornmeal, cold water and salt. Grease a loaf pan.
  2. Bring the remaining 3 cups of water to a rolling boil and stir in the cornmeal mixture. Bring the mixture back to a boil while stirring constantly. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in the cheese.
  3. Let the mixture simmer for 20 to 30 minutes; stirring frequently. Allow the polenta to simmer until it becomes very thick. Spread the mixture into the loaf pan and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

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Southern GurL

Southern GurL

i am not a fan of the creamy version BUT the fried version (chill atleast one hour, cut in circles with a coffee cup and fry in oil that covers bottom of the pan on medium bout 5 minutes per side) is fabulous!! i served with sausage andd peppers with mushrooms in a tomato sauce, excellent substitution for pasta....

Sarah Stone

Sarah Stone

My first taste of polenta, was when we ate at Emerils, at Universal Studios Orlando. I was kind of surprised...breakfast meets dinner. Well obviously it was that good and I found myself looking at recipes. I must say that on my first attempt I believe I achieved perfection, but I had to make some changes. I used 2 cups of milk, 2 Tbsp butter, 1/2 cup white cornmeal, salt and pepper to taste, and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese...yummy!!!!!



Holy Majoly! This is a great recipe. It was easy and flavorful. I really enjoyed it. I am going to be making this for all my friends from now on. I added 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder to the recipe. I also spread it out in a flat pan and refrigerated it overnight. The next day, I cut out circles and cooked them in a 400-degree oven for 30 min. I then topped them with some mushroom gravy. SO YUMMY!!!! Thank you very much for this recipe.

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Amount Per Serving (4 total)

  • Calories
  • 214 cal
  • 11%
  • Fat
  • 6.3 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs
  • 28.1 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 10.2 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 897 mg
  • 36%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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