Sage-Laced Polenta Squares

  • Active Time 20m
  • Total Time 1h 20m

Serves 8

These polenta squares are a nice do-ahead alternative to freshly cooked polenta. Be sure to cool the cooked polenta for at least one hour (overnight is best) or the squares will not hold up when slicing. Serve as an accompaniment to meat dishes or top with sautéed wild mushrooms for an appetizer.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted

Companion recipe: Wine and Herb Braised Brisket


Heat oil in large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add broth and milk. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly, until all grains are incorporated and no lumps remain. Reduce heat to very low. Stir constantly until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and grains of polenta have softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan and sage; season to taste with salt and pepper.

Rinse 9-inch square baking pan with cold water; drain. Scoop warm polenta into dampened dish; smooth with rubber spatula to 1-inch thickness. Cool polenta at room temperature at least 1 hour, or cover and refrigerate overnight.

TO SERVE: Preheat broiler. Cut polenta into 16 squares. Using offset spatula, transfer polenta squares to broiler pan. Brush each with melted butter. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper. Broil until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Place on heated dinner plates with main course; serve immediately.

Recipe created exclusively for by Brigit L. Binns.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 4649

nutrition information per serving

222 calories; 12g total fat; 23mg cholesterol; 373mg sodium; 20g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 9g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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