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Quick, Creamy Polenta

This show-stopping side dish features polenta with mascarpone, topped with toasted walnuts and gorgonzola.

8:00 AM EST on November 5, 2023

Polenta with gorgonzala

Creamy polenta with mascarpone, gorgonzola, and walnuts.

Creamy polenta is easy to make and hard to resist. This Thanksgiving-ready side dish gets even tastier with a delectable topping combo of toasted walnuts and gorgonzola cheese.

Quick & Creamy Polenta

Quick & Creamy Polenta

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Recipe by Andrew Cotto


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  • 2 cups 2 instant or fine corn meal

  • 8 cups 8 chicken stock or water

  • 2 tsp 2 kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 ground white pepper

  • 1 8 oounce 1 container of mascarpone cheese

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 gorgonzola

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 rough chopped walnuts, toasted

  • 2 tbsp 2 room temperature butter


  • Bring water or stock to a simmer in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.
  • Add the salt.
  • Slowly whisk in the polenta.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and cook, whisking constantly, for one minute.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in the white pepper and mascarpone.
  • Transfer to a serving dish that has been coated with the butter.
  • Top with toasted walnuts and gorgonzola cheese.

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