Side Essentials: Polenta with Three Cheeses

Andy Anderson !


Polenta has so many yummy uses… Fish, chicken, pork, beef, and the list goes on and on. This recipe creates a creamy polenta with milk, stock, and three yummy cheeses.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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5 Min
10 Min
Stove Top



  • 1 c
    milk, whole
  • 1 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 1 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 c
    cornmeal, yellow variety
  • 1/4 c
    parmigiano reggiano
  • 3 Tbsp
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp
    pecorino romano
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    white pepper, freshly ground, to taste

How to Make Side Essentials: Polenta with Three Cheeses


  2. You may not be familiar with Pecorino Romano, it a sharper alternative to the standard Parmigiano Reggiano. It is made from sheep’s milk and has a salty bite to it. Its addition to this recipe, gives the polenta a bit more body, and helps it stand up to just about anything you throw at it… Like my ten-hour pulled pork.
  3. You can sub half-and-half for the milk, but I did not think it added much to the recipe… except a lot of extra calories.
  4. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  5. Add the chicken stock, milk, and butter to a saucepan, over medium heat.
  6. When the liquid begins to simmer, add the cornmeal., plus a pinch or two of salt and white pepper.
  7. Whisk until the liquid has been absorbed into the cornmeal, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  8. Chef’s Note: If you want a thinner polenta, add a bit of stock and milk, a tablespoon at a time, until the desired consistency is reached.
  9. Take off the heat and stir in the three cheeses, until they lovingly melt into the polenta. Mmmmmm.
  10. Chef’s Note: Do a final tasting (salt/pepper) for proper seasoning.
  12. Polenta has so many yummy uses. In this photo, I have a plate of it topped with my ten-hour pulled pork. So yummy.
  13. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Side Essentials: Polenta with Three Cheeses

Course/Dish: Vegetables
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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