Easy Baked Polenta With Parmesan Cheese

Block of cooked cooled polenta being sliced.
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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Parmesan cheese and butter make this a rich and flavorful polenta. An authentic Italian polenta is the best choice, but yellow stone-ground grits or a medium grind cornmeal may be substituted.

Use the sliced baked polenta as a base for vegetables or a meaty sauce.

What You'll Need

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup yellow polenta or grits
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese

How to Make It

  1. Butter a 7 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan.
  2. Stir together 1 cup cold water, salt, and cornmeal. Using the top of a double boiler, bring 3 cups of water to a boil over direct heat. Stir in the cornmeal mixture gradually. Cook for five minutes. Place over boiling water and cook for 4 minutes, stirring often. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and chill until firm.
  3. Heat the oven to 350F. 
  4. Remove from loaf pan and slice with a sharp knife. Place slices overlapping on a greased shallow baking dish.
  1. Pour the butter over the polenta and sprinkle with the Parmesan.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes.