Total Time
50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is my favorite. To serve, spoon directly from the soufflé dish or for a spectacular presentation, bake in an 8 inch spring-form pan and unmold. Experiment with a variety of different greens. If frozen kale is unavailable, use all frozen spinach. Serve with grilled or roasted meats, or with a whole grain bread for lunch. A glass of Italian red wine would be a nice addition.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Squeeze spinach and kale dry. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add spinach, kale, ham and pepper; sauté 4 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to hot 400°F Butter 2 ½ quart soufflé dish, or line 8 inch springform pan with heavy duty aluminum foil; butter sides and bottom.
  3. Bring 4 cups water to boiling in large saucepan. Stir together remaining 1 cup water, the cornmeal and salt in a bowl. Gradually stir cornmeal mixture into boiling water. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Spread 1/3 of polenta in prepared dish. Cover with half the greens, half the Romano and 1/3 of the fontina. Repeat layering one more time. Spread with remaining polenta; sprinkle with remaining fontina.
  5. Bake in preheated hot oven 400°F for 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. If using springform pan, remove sides. Makes 8 servings.
  6. MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS (HIGH POWER OVEN).
  7. Combine oil, onion and garlic in microwave safe 2 quart casserole. Microwave, uncovered, at 100% power 3 minutes. Add spinach, kale, ham and pepper. Microwave, uncovered, at 100% power 5 minutes. Transfer vegetable mixture to small bowl.
  8. Combine water, cornmeal and salt in microwave safe 2 quart measure. Cover with paper toweling. Microwave at 100% power 7 minutes. Whisk well. Microwave, uncovered, at 100% power 4 minutes. Whisk again. Assemble torte in same 2 quart casserole. Spread 1/3 of polenta in prepared dish. Cover with half the greens, half the Romano and 1/3 of the fontina. Repeat layering one more time. Spread with remaining polenta; sprinkle with remaining fontina. Microwave, uncovered, at 50% power 5 minutes. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes.
  9. The Family Circle Cookbook.
Most Helpful

This was a beautiful, tasty dish. I followed your suggestion and layered it in a springform pan and then unmolded it to serve. I used chopped swiss chard in place of the spinach and kale. I used the parmesan and fontina options, and left out the ham. I always make my polentas with some milk in addition to the water, I feel it might make it tenderer, so I subbed 1 cup of skim for 1 cup of water. I also added in some chopped garlic and fresh rosemary to the "mush" as it cooked. We enjoyed this two nights in a row, once with a ragu Bolognese sauce, and once just as is, accompanying some gnocchi and marinara. Beautiful to look at, and very tasty, thank you for posting this recipe Olga.

Chef Edlear April 03, 2009