Baked Polenta

Baked Polenta
6 servings

A rich, cheesy, satisfying main course for winter. Serve with a tossed salad. Polenta is a pantry staple in Northern Italy made from cornmeal and is often flavoured with cheese. This cheesy, gooey baked version is absolutely irresistible. For the ingredient basil chiffonade, the term chiffonade means thin strips or shreds. Yield is 6 servings.



cup dried sun-dried tomatoes
cup boiling water
cup olive oil, for frying
cloves garlic, sliced
Tbsp olive oil
5 ¾
cup chicken broth
1 ½
tsp salt
1 ½
cup Italian instant polenta
cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
cup basil chiffonade
cup grated asiago cheese
cup grated mozzarella cheese


Step 1

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Step 2

Soak the sun-dried tomatoes in the boiling hot water for 30 minutes and then remove them.

Step 3

Roughly chop them and set them aside.

Step 4

In a small skillet, heat the 1/4 cup olive oil on medium heat.

Step 5

Add the garlic slices and fry until lightly golden, about 2 to3 minutes.

Step 6

Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.

Step 7

Oil an 8- by 12-inch baking dish with 1 tbsp. oil.

Step 8

Bring the stock to a boil in a large pot on high heat.

Step 9

Season the stock with the 1 1/2 tsp. salt.

Step 10

Add the polenta into the boiling stock in a slow, steady stream, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon.

Step 11

Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.

Step 12

Add the sun-dried tomatoes, fried garlic, Gorgonzola, 1/2 the basil and the asiago cheese.

Step 13

Scrape the polenta into the oiled baking dish, cover it with foil, and put it into the oven.

Step 14

After 20 minutes, sprinkle the top with grated mozzarella cheese.

Step 15

Continue baking the polenta 20 minutes longer or until the cheese has melted on top.

Step 16

For a more caramelized top you can broil the baked polenta for 30 seconds.

Step 17

Serve, sprinkled with the remaining basil on top.

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