Easy Baked Polenta With Parmesan Cheese

Easy Baked Polenta With Parmesan Cheese

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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings

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.


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

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for baked polenta
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  2. Butter a 7 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan and set aside.

    Butter loaf pan
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  3. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together 1 cup cold water, salt, and polenta meal.

    Mix polenta and water
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  4. Using the top of a double boiler, bring 3 cups of water to a boil over direct heat.

    Boil water
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  5. Then, stir in the cornmeal mixture to the top of the double boiler gradually and cook for 5 minutes.

    Stir in
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  6. While that is cooking, take the bottom portion of the double boiler and add just enough water to hit the top portion when inserted. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and keep at a simmer.

    Boiling water
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  7. Next, place the top of the double boiler, over the bottom of the double boiler and cook for an additional 4 minutes, stirring often.

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  8. Pour the cooked polenta into the prepared loaf pan and chill until firm.

    Pour polenta into loaf pan
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  9. Heat the oven to 350F. 

  10. While the oven is heating, remove the chilled polenta from the loaf pan and slice with a sharp knife.

    Cut polenta
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  11. Place slices on a greased shallow baking dish, overlapping the slices.

    Put slices of polenta on tray
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  12. Pour the melted butter over the polenta and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

    Pour cheese
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  13. Bake in the preheated oven, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

    Baked polenta
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  14. Serve the polenta as a replacement for potatoes or rice and enjoy.