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Soothing Side: Polenta With Herbs & Cheese

Soothing Side: Polenta With Herbs & Cheese

For some reason, I used to be scared of polenta. I'm not sure why; after all, I love mashed potatoes and purees that have a similar texture. Luckily, I grew out of my food phobia and now love the creamy, delicious, Italian dish. This soft version of polenta is a great side to grilled meats, sausages, roast chicken or pork.

Although it's divine on its own, feel free to add a sauce, ragu, or sautéed vegetables to jazz it up. The rich yellow color makes it a great side to a fall themed dinner. To make it vegetarian, simply substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Get the recipe to this versatile dish now, just

Polenta With Herbs & Cheese
From Bon Appetit magazine

6 2/3 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
2 teaspoons minced fresh marjoram
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1 2/3 cups polenta (coarse cornmeal)*
1 1/2 cups (packed) grated sharp white cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)

  1. Combine broth, all herbs, garlic and salt in heavy large saucepan and bring to boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Gradually sprinkle in polenta, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until polenta is thick and creamy and begins to pull away from sides of pan, whisking often, about 25 minutes.
  3. Add cheese; stir until cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Serves 6.

*If unavailable, use 1 2/3 cups regular cornmeal and cook for about 12 minutes.

Join The Conversation
emalove emalove 9 years
This sounds SO good!
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
This looks really good Yum!
skinnyforme skinnyforme 9 years
mellyB mellyB 9 years
I used to be afraid of polenta too! I recently had it and I will definitely be more open to it now.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmm I love polenta!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i've never had polenta before.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
Ims, I like that you're into the turkey sausage. We have been consuming alot of turkey bacon lately. I've never tried turkey sausage, but will now, thanks!! :)
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
mm this sounds yummmy!
geohiker geohiker 9 years
This sounds like a good fall dish - it is getting added to my menu for this week!
chynablue chynablue 9 years
It looks easy and cheesey! I'm going to try it too.
lms lms 9 years
Lexie...I don't remember the brand, but it was a "fancy" turkey sausage(I think) that was stuffed with portobello mushrooms. It didn't taste like turkey.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
Ims, that recipe sounds really good...What kind of sausage did you serve?
lms lms 9 years
My mom brought me some packages of polenta back from Italy. They already had spices in it. I had one so far and it was excellent. I plan on making the other one soon. There is actually a recipe on Williams Sonoma that tops it with wild mushrooms and thyme. It was really good. I served it with sausage on the side.
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
It sounds tasty. I've always wanted to try it, but I think I'll have to try the orzo pasta, that I recently purchased, first.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
That sounds lovely! I've added it to my faves...I've never cooked polenta before.
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