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Emeril's Cheddar Polenta

Kicked-Up Savory Sides

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Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Are you suffering from those post-holiday blahs? Chef Emeril Lagasse offers a recipe that's guaranteed to beat them in the most delicious way. Try Lagasse's recipe for Cheddar Polenta.


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow corn meal
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Cooking Directions

    Combine the water, milk, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper in a large, heavy saucepan and bring to a boil.

    Gradually whisk in the polenta and reduce the heat to low. Cook, stirring often with a large wooden spoon, until smooth and creamy, 35 to 40 minutes. Add the butter, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses, and stir until melted.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: thyme, corn meal, cheddar, parmesan

    Course: Side Dish

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