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Cheesy Polenta Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Cheesy Polenta

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"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 makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  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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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 06, 2008

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.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 21, 2011

I wanted to like this one, but unfortunately I couldn't get past a bite or two. I had no problems with lumps and it was creamy but after sitting for a few minutes it took on a weird texture. The husband said it was okay and the little guy ate a few bites. I won't be making this one again.

Jun 07, 2008

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!

May 10, 2007

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!

Apr 13, 2006

I changed the recipe a bit and it turned out great. I cut the milk in half and replaced it with heavy cream, and then instead of 4oz of cheddar I split that up between asiago and parmesan cheeses. I did add a bit more polenta so it would firm up so I could grill it. The grill gave it a great extra flavor boost.

Feb 14, 2008

WOW. I had no idea what to expect, since I never have had polenta before, but WOW. It's like mashed potatoes, only with corn. Absolutely delicious. Wouldn't change a thing. What a great side dish to serve with anything!

May 10, 2011

Polenta made with cheddar and milk is not the traditional polenta I grew up with but this was a delicious variation, particularly for more Classic American entrees.

May 09, 2008

I substituted chicken broth for the water, as suggested, and added about a quarter cup of Parmesan cheese along with the cheddar. It was very good, but next time I'll use less salt. Good basic recipe. Very rich and tasty.


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  • Calories
  • 232 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 18.4 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 8.2 g
  • 16%
  • Sodium
  • 658 mg
  • 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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