← Back to Search Results baking Italian
baked-polenta-layered-with-tomato-fontina-and-gorgonzola

Photo by:
Comments: 2
 

Recipe

This polenta gratin looks inviting baked in a large earthenware dish–bring it to the table bubbling and fragrant and serve it family style. For more formal occasions, it is very attractive baked in individual dishes. Both the polenta and the tomato sauce can be made well in advance. Putting the casserole together takes only a short time.

Yield : Serves four to six

Ingredients

  • 1½ to 2 pounds meaty tomatoes or canned whole tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 basil leaves or a good pinch dried basil
  • 2 branches parsley
  • ½ small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Sugar, if necessary
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1½ cups coarse cornmeal
  • 8 ounces Fontina cheese, thinly sliced
  • 5 ounces Gorgonzola cheese
  • Fresh herbs: oregano or marjoram, basil, chopped, for garnish

Directions

Make a simple tomato sauce. Warm the olive oil with the bay leaf, basil, parsley, onion, and garlic, and cook slowly for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomatoes, raise the heat to medium high, and cook until they are quite soft and broken apart, about 15 minutes. Pass them through a food mill; then return the sauce to the pan, and simmer until quite thick. If needed, add a pinch or two of sugar to balance the acidity, and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. This should make 1½ cups.

While the sauce is cooking, bring 4½ cups water to a boil and add 1½ teaspoons salt. Whisk in the cornmeal in a stream so that lumps don't form, and when it has all been added, switch to a wooden spoon, lower the heat, and stir for 15 minutes. Pour it into a loaf pan or a 9-by-12-inch baking dish, and set it aside to cool. When it is thoroughly cool and firm, turn it out and slice it into pieces about ½ inch thick and about 3 inches long. If a loaf pan was used, cut the pieces again, diagonally.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a gratin dish, and spread about 1 cup of the tomato sauce over the bottom. Arrange the polenta and the slices of Fontina in overlapping layers. Carefully spoon the remaining tomato sauce over the layers in a decorative way, leaving bands of red sauce between the yellow polenta and cheese. Crumble Gorgonzola over the top, pepper generously, and bake the gratin, uncovered, for 25 to 35 minutes. The cheese will melt into the tomato, making a sauce to spoon over the polenta. Garnish with the fresh herbs.


© 1987 Deborah Madison and Edward Espe Brown
 

Nutritional Information

Nutrients per serving (% daily value)

Nutritional information is based on 6 servings and on 1/8 teaspoon added salt per serving.

427kcal (21%)
354mg (35%)
21mg (36%)
214mcg RAE (7%)
605mg
70mg
20g
6g
6g
36g
62mg (21%)
933mg (39%)
12g (62%)
23g (36%)
2mg (10%)
 

Would you like to leave a comment about this recipe?

Notify me of new comments on this recipe. Add comment

We'd love to hear what you think!

Please or to add a comment to this recipe.
  • nikola

    05.08.13 Flag comment

    My friends and family LOVE this recipe and I have to make it several times a year. It is just as good with a decent pre-made/commercial tomato sauce.

  • mermaid

    01.17.10 Flag comment

    This dish tastes fine, but is not really special enough to be worth the effort of making the sauce and polenta and then constructing the dish itself. Two adults and two teenagers ate it willingly enough, but the unanimous vote was "don't make it again."

 

Explore Cookbooks on Cookstr

urban-italian-simple-recipes-and-true-stories-from-a-life-in-food Urban Italian: Simple Recip...
by Andrew Carmellini
the-vegetable-dishes-i-cant-live-without The Vegetable Dishes I Can'...
by Mollie Katzen, Greg Atkinson
mom-a-licious Mom-a-Licious
by Domenica Catelli
le-bernardin-cookbook Le Bernardin Cookbook
by Eric Ripert, Maguy Le Coze
down-home-with-the-neelys-a-southern-family-cookbook Down Home with the Neelys: ...
by Gina Neely, Pat Neely
fruits-of-the-harvest-recipes-to-celebrate-kwanzaa-and-other-holidays Fruits of the Harvest: Reci...
by Eric V. Copage
antipasti-fabulous-appetizers-and-small-plates Antipasti: Fabulous Appetiz...
by Joyce Goldstein
125-best-vegan-recipes 125 Best Vegan Recipes
by Maxine Effenson Chuck, Beth Gurney
the-bread-bible The Bread Bible
by Rose Levy Beranbaum
west-coast-cooking West Coast Cooking
by Greg Atkinson
once-upon-a-tart-soups-salads-muffins-and-more-from-new-york-citys-favorite-bakeshop-and-cafe Once Upon a Tart: Soups, Sa...
by Frank Mentesana, Jerome Audureau
unforgettable-desserts Unforgettable Desserts
by Dede Wilson
food-to-live-by Food to Live By
by Myra Goodman
hudson-valley-mediterranean-the-gigi-good-food-cookbook Hudson Valley Mediterranean...
by Laura Pensiero
the-gourmet-cookbook The Gourmet Cookbook
by Ruth Reichl
Already a member? Click here to Log In
close

Sign up to Cookstr!

  • Receive a free, handpicked selection of recipes in your inbox weekly
  • Save, share and comment on your favorite recipes in My Cookstr
  • Get updates on new Cookstr features and tools







By signing up you accept the
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
Spinner
New to Cookstr? Click here to Sign Up
close


Forgot your password? Click here
close
Thanks for commenting!
Would you like to share your comment on Facebook or Twitter?