Polenta Gratin With Gorgonzola Cheese

"Polenta is a delicious Italian side dish made of cornmeal. Here it is accompanied by a creamy, gorgonzola cheese sauce. This is best with a simple roast."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins




  • For polenta: Butter 9 X 13 inch baking dish.
  • Bring water, sage, olive oil and salt to boil in medium saucepan.
  • Gradually add cornmeal in thin stream, stirring constantly.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Cook until cornmeal slowly falls off lifted spoon, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes.
  • Immediately spread polenta in prepared dish; smooth top.
  • Cool completely (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate).
  • For sauce: bring milk, bay leaves, cloves and allspice to boil in medium saucepan.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer 10 minutes.
  • Melt butter in another medium saucepan over moderate heat.
  • Add flour.
  • Whisk until smooth and bubbling (do not brown), about 2 minutes.
  • Strain milk mixture into flour mixture, whisking until smooth; add gorgonzola and whisk into sauce until melted.
  • Cook until thick, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter 9 X 13 inch baking dish.
  • Spread ½ cup of the sauce on the bottom.
  • Cut polenta into 2 inch squares that are ¼ inch thick.
  • Cut each square in half horizontally.
  • Place squares in baking dish, overlapping edges slightly.
  • Pour remaining sauce over.
  • Sprinkle with grated Parmesan (can be prepared 1 hour ahead).
  • Bake until polenta is heated through and top is golden-brown, about 50 minutes.
  • Cool 10 minutes before serving.

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  1. Wonderful dish. Served with grilled vegetables and smoked sausage. Will make this again. Thanks Ev!
  2. Oh my this was good! The polenta was cooked the night before, made the sauce and put it all together, then popped it into the oven. It browned nicley and like I said was sooooo good. I can't believe it hasn't been reviewed before!


<style>body { background: url("http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3639/3512121819_f2f1aaf050.jpg?v=0"); background-repeat: repeat-y; }</style> OK, here goes. I live in Athens, Greece. I moved out here many, many years ago from Ottawa, Canada - so I am blessed in having two wonderful heritages! I suffer from compulsive obsessive behaviour with regard to food and my psychiatrist thought it would be a good idea to find a 'society' where many have the same problem and try to find a cure. So far, I've copied a couple of thousand recipes from this site and my psychiatrist has thrown the towel in and refuses to answer the phone when I call. What did I do wrong? Got 3 kids that keep me on the go - 10 and under at this point (2008) - I may not get round to updating this for a few years, so you'll have to do your own maths. I teach English full-time and Greek Cookery part-time. I would like to make the cooking part of it full-time and the English Grammar part of it part-time. That's all for now.
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