Cheesy Polenta

Cheesy Polenta

180 Reviews 11 Pics
  • Prep

    10 m
  • Cook

    25 m
  • Ready In

    35 m
Recipe by  dadrules

“This versatile side dish would work great along with pork, chicken, beef or fish. The trick is to slowly add the cornmeal and whisk constantly to avoid lumps.”

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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring milk, water, and salt to a boil. Gradually whisk in polenta. Reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook 20 minutes, until creamy, lifting the lid and stirring every 3 or 4 minutes to prevent sticking. Remove pot from stove, stir in pepper and butter. Gradually stir in cheese. Serve.

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I agree with using shaved or grated parm in place of cheddar. Also, I put the cornmeal into cold liquid, whisking as I do and then I bring it to the boil, then simmer. Otherwise, I always get lumps.



Wonderful! Another use for Polenta is to pour it onto a pan while warm and let it set up in a thin sheet. When cool, slice up into small squares or strips for use in casseroles. Endless possibilities... A favorite is ground beef and taco seasoning, layered with cheese and sour cream/plain yogurt. Yummy!



I have been looking for a polenta like this, it was FAR OUT! Really creamy and delicious.... although I did modify this a little bit. Instead of cheddar I used shredded parmesan and next time, I will use a courser grain corn meal (or use what's called "polenta" which is even courser ground) and mix it while the water is cold so that it doesn't clump as much. Also, I used the chicken broth as another reviewer mentioned, since it gives it a richer flavor. I think I will also try adding a little bit of sage to make it herbed polenta. Great side dish with cumin & oregano seasoned porkchops and braised kale!

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Amount Per Serving (8 total)

  • Calories
  • 232 cal
  • 12%
  • Fat
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs
  • 18.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 8.2 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 658 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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