Three-Cheese Polenta Gratin Alla Genovese

"The Scotto family gives this wonderful but easy polenta dish."
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  • Preheat oven on broil setting.
  • Bring water, olive oil, and milk to a boil in 4-quart sauce pan. Add polenta in a thin stream, stirring constantly with a whisk. Lower heat and cook while stirring until polenta is thick as porridge, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and whisk in ricotta evenly through polenta then fold in mozzarella and fontina; cheeses will begin to melt. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Butter an 8x12-inch casserole or gratin dish evenly. Pour hot polenta into casserole and spread evenly with a spatula. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese evenly across top of polenta. Place in oven on broiler setting on middle rack and bake for 3 to 5 minutes, or until top of polenta is golden brown. Remove from oven, set aside for 5 to 7 minutes and then serve. Letting polenta rest will allow cheese to melt evenly inside casserole, which also needs to cool down because of it being so hot.

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  1. This seems like the same taste and texture of grits. It's a very loose mixture - not one to serve with a marinara sauce or to fry the next day, as it is too wet. As long as you know what to expect, it's good.
  2. OMG! This was soooo good. I fed 3 boys this with their dinner and told them they were eating grits (we are southerners); after all the raves I told them that they were really eating polenta. We also had it for breakfast the next day with a splash of hot sauce. This really is wonderful!

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