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Baked Garlic Herb Polenta Squares
Baked Garlic Herb Polenta Squares
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 

These baked garlic herb polenta squares are such a simple and incredible side! They get crispy on the outside and are so creamy in the middle. 

Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Baked Garlic Herb Polenta Squares, Polenta
Servings: 12 squares
Calories: 110 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • olive oil cooking spray as needed
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic *see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup instant polenta
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated asiago cheese
  • ketchup or marinara for dipping
Instructions
  1. Get out a medium saucepan and an 8 x 8 baking dish. Spray the baking dish with the cooking spray. Then combine the milk, chicken stock, roasted garlic and the herbs in the saucepan and bring it to a gentle boil over medium high heat. Whisk it a few times to stir it all together. Then slowly pour in the polenta while you continue to whisk. Keep whisking while the polenta cooks for about 3 minutes. Once it is cooked, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the sauce and asiago.
  2. Spread the mixture into a packed, even layer in the baking pan and refrigerate it uncovered for 30 minutes. This will make it firm and set for baking. When the 30 minutes is almost up, pre-heat the oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil with more cooking spray. Take out the chilled tray of polenta and cut it into 12 squares. Remove them from the pan and transfer them to the baking sheet. Bake them for 20-25 minutes until they become slightly crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside. Serve immediately with marinara or ketchup for dipping!
Recipe Notes

*roast a head of garlic ahead of time. Pre-heat the oven to 375. Cut the top off of the garlic to expose the cloves and drizzle the top with olive oil. Sprinkle it with salt as well, then wrap it in foil. Roast it for an hour, then refrigerate it and use it as you need it!

Nutrition Facts
Baked Garlic Herb Polenta Squares
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value*
Fat 2.6g4%
Saturated Fat 1.7g11%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 208mg9%
Potassium 30mg1%
Carbohydrates 18.4g6%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 4.2g8%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.