Fresh Sage Polenta

Yield: 24 appetizer or side dish servings
Water – 3 qt.
Salt – 2 tsp.
Yellow cornmeal – 3 cups
Asiago cheese – grated 1 1/2 cups
Aged provolone cheese – shredded 1 cup
Fresh sage – shredded 1/4 cup


  1. In heavy saucepan, bring water and salt to boil. Slowly whisk in cornmeal, beating vigorously to remove any lumps. Reduce heat to low; let polenta cook 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir both cheeses and sage into polenta. Spread evenly into lightly greased, full-size sheet pan. Cool completely.
  3. Cut polenta into 3-in. squares. Heat in 400F oven, 8 to 10 minutes. Per serving, arrange two polenta squares on plate.

Variation: For spicy polenta, substitute 2 cups sharp Cheddar, 1 cup drained, chopped pickled hot cherry peppers and 1/3 cup chopped parsley.

Nutrition per portion: Calories, 97.6; fat, 3.68g (33% calories from fat); protein, 4.38g; carbohydrate, 12.1g; sodium 262mg.