Cheesy Baked Polenta

    2 hours 50 minutes

    Polenta is a classic side dish of Italian cuisine. The trick is to keep stirring it while cooking so no lumps form. This is delicious as a side with a dish like ratatouille.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 5 cups (1 1/4 litres) water
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups (270g) ground polenta
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 50g grated Parmesan
    • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
    • 150g grated Parmesan, extra

    Preparation:5min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:2hours chilling  ›  Ready in:2hours50min 

    1. Bring the water to a boil in a deep heavy saucepan. Add the salt then gradually pour in the polenta, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to medium and stir constantly with a wooden spoon 25 minutes or until the polenta starts coming away from the sides of the pan.
    2. Spoon the polenta into an oiled shallow tray. Smooth the surface with a spatula. Let cool in the fridge until set, about 2 hours.
    3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
    4. When set, slice the polenta into squares. Arrange the squares on a buttered baking tray. Sprinkle over the extra Parmesan. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes to heat through, then place under the grill until golden.

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