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Planning your Sunday dinner menu? This Parmesan Polenta with Roasted Garlic is a simple, yet satisfying side dish to pair with pot roast, ham or steak!
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If you are putting together your weekly Sunday brunch or dinner menu, then you must include today’s recipe for Creamy Parmesan Polenta!
This Parmesan Polenta with Roasted Garlic is one of our go to side dishes for holiday dinners or Sunday suppers. It’s a super simple side dish recipe that has a ton of flavor from simple ingredients – nutty parmesan cheese, sweet caramelized roasted garlic and creamy half and half.
Even with these simple ingredients, I feel like this polenta recipe takes a meal to the next level more than plain rice or basic mashed potatoes.
What’s your favorite side dishes for holiday dinners? Please share in the comments below!
HELPFUL TIPS AND INFORMATION:
What is polenta?
Polenta, a dish made from boiled cornmeal, originated in Northern Italy. It is typically served as a “hot porridge,” but maybe cooled and shaped into a loaf cake that is then sliced and fried or grilled.
How to make creamy polenta with parmesan cheese?
- Bring chicken stock to a boil in a large saucepan.
- Gradually whisk in cornmeal, thyme and salt.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, about 12-15 minutes.
- Stir in the cheese, milk, butter, black pepper and garlic.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with additional parmesan cheese, if desired.
How to make roasted garlic?
Read the recipe directions below or check out my full detailed tutorial on how to make roasted garlic.
Time saving tip:
While the roasted garlic in this recipe adds a TON of flavor, if you are short on time, you could omit it and simply sauté 1-2 tablespoons minced garlic in 1-2 teaspoons olive oil before adding the chicken stock to the pot.
Is polenta gluten free?
Since polenta is made from ground corn, it is a naturally gluten free food.
What to serve with Parmesan Polenta with Roasted Garlic?
This simple side dish recipe goes so well with so many hearty dinner entrees! Serve it alongside Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Demi-Glace, New York Strip Steak with Creamy Mushroom Leek Sauce or my favorite, Slow Cooker Red Wine Pot Roast for the ultimate Sunday Supper!
OTHER SIDE DISH RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:
Buttery Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes – A Thanksgiving favorite is made easy with the help of a slow cooker! Whip up these super easy and ultra-creamy, Buttery Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes for the holidays!
Lemon Rosemary Rice – Rice is a quick and easy side dish that is often very plain and boring. Dress up this humble grain with bright and refreshing lemon juice, earthy rosemary and creamy feta cheese!
Pumpkin Risotto – Creamy risotto with fresh herbs, nutty parmesan cheese and earthy pumpkin.
- 1 head of garlic
- 2-3 teaspoons olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon each Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 4 cups reduced sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup milk or half and half
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Preheat oven to 400degrees.
- Cut off the top quarter of the head of garlic, exposing the garlic cloves. Leaving the head of garlic intact, place head of garlic in the center of a piece of foil. Drizzle garlic with olive oil and season with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Wrap foil around garlic and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until garlic becomes fragrant and soft.
- Carefully remove roasted garlic from oven, cool, remove from foil. Squeeze out roasted garlic cloves and mash. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, bring the chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Gradually whisk in cornmeal, thyme and remaining salt. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring often, until mixture thickens and the cornmeal is tender, about 12-15 minutes.
- Stir in the cheese, milk, butter, remaining black pepper and roasted garlic. Remove from heat and serve immediately, topped with additional butter and parmesan cheese, if desired.
Note: Add additional milk or broth to reach desired consistency, if needed.
*PLEASE SEE THE "HELPFUL TIPS AND INFORMATION" SECTION ABOVE FOR ADDITIONAL RECIPE NOTES.