3.5 from 2 votes
Cheesy Polenta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Easy creamy cheesy and buttery polenta, perfect for topping with meat or veggies.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, cheese, cornmeal, dinner, grits, polenta, side dish
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Lena Gladstone
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken or veggie stock
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, or cheese of choice
  • 3 tbsp butter, more if desired
  • fresh herbs like chives, parsley, cilantro or dill for garnish
  1. Bring stock and slt to a boil in a saucepan. Turn down the heat. Slowly add the cornmeal while whisking so it doesn't clump up. Continue to whisk gently. Cook for about 10-30 minutes, depends on your cornmeal. The finer the quicker it cooks, the coarser the longer it cooks. Continue to mix around so nothing sticks to the bottom. Caution, it will sputter!

  2. When the polenta is thick, stir in 1/2 cup milk, and then, turn off the heat, add the cheese and butter. Stir until smooth and creamy.

  3. Spoon the polenta into individual serving bowls, and top with your favorite toppings. Sprinkle on finely minced fresh herbs as a garnish. Enjoy!