6 Hearty Polenta Recipes To Warm You Up While Winter’s Waning

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I’ve recently become enamored of polenta. I’ve had it before, of course, but eating meatless for a few weeks made me bring it back into my diet and I’m so glad I did. This Italian cornmeal is versatile, vegetarian, gluten-free (!!!) and a great option to add to any meal, whether it’s meatless or not. Pick up a tube of prepared polenta at the grocery store if you don’t have a lot of time, or make a batch yourself if you want to get really authentic. Either way, any of these six polenta recipes would be a tasty, hearty addition to your table.

Do you have a favorite way to prepare polenta? Now that I’m a polenta enthusiast, I’m always looking for new ways to cook it!


Mexican Polenta Pie

This tasty-looking dish looks like it would be great to serve to a crowd (and then eat the leftovers for days). Photo and recipe via Pinch of Yum

Griddled Polenta Cakes

Polenta cakes with caramelized onion, honey and goat cheese? Say no more, Food52. I am pinning this ASAP. Photo and recipe via Food52

Baked Polenta Fries

These fries would be a great appetizer or easy, healthy finger food to serve to kids. Photo and recipe via A Cozy Kitchen

Vegan Polenta Lasagna

This recipe is hands-down one of the best things I ate while eating vegan. Make it ASAP. Photo and recipe via Your Vegan Girlfriend

Sauteed Polenta and Butter Beans

This easy vegetarian meal can easily be adapted to fit what you have on hand. Photo and recipe via Eating Well

Eggplant, Roasted Tomato and Polenta Stacks

How mouthwatering is this photograph? Want to eat these polenta stacks NOW. Photo and recipe via From Chapel Hill to Chickenville

Photo and recipe via Pinch Of Yum

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    • Aimee Christian

      Carrie, Thank you for including my stacks in your choices. They were DELISH – all kinds of flavors working in there together. Your other picks look yummy too.

      Aimee @ Chickenville