Crunchy Cheesy Oven-Baked Polenta

Blogger Arlene Cummings of Cooking With Sugar shares a recipe for baked polenta. Crunchy Cheesy Oven-Baked Polenta is a side dish, or appetizer that the whole family will love. Learn to make this recipe with our how-to article.

  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 7


tablespoons olive oil
tablespoons butter
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2
cups whipping cream
cup crumbled Gorgonzola or blue cheese (4 oz)
cup grated pecorino-Romano or Parmesan cheese
roll (17 oz) refrigerated plain polenta
Freshly ground black pepper
cup Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Heat oven to 350ºF. Spray 17x12-inch half-sheet pan with cooking spray.
  • 2 In 1 1/2-quart saucepan, cook oil, butter and garlic over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until garlic is transparent (do not let garlic burn). Add whipping cream; heat to a slight simmer. Stir in Gorgonzola cheese until melted. Stir in pecorino-Romano cheese. Remove from heat.
  • 3 Cut polenta into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Arrange slices in pan. Ladle cheese sauce evenly over polenta; sprinkle with pepper. Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly over top.
  • 4 Bake uncovered about 15 minutes.
  • 5 Set oven control to broil. Broil 2 to 3 minutes or until top is golden brown. Garnish with basil. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

Dish can be made ahead of time, covered and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake. Remove from the refrigerator 10 to 15 minutes before baking so it won’t be ice cold when you place it in the oven. Then bake and broil accordingly.

This recipe can be served as an appetizer or a side dish. It goes very well with grilled steak, chicken or fish.