Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta

Cooking for a Crowd, Recipes, Worknight Dinners
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As much as I like to cook, there are times when life gets crazy and you crave simplicity. Macaroni and cheese, cereal and milk – or maybe a fat peanut butter & jelly sandwich on Wonder Bread. Next time though, think: goat cheese polenta.

Sometimes I find it challenging to make side dishes.

You always seem to need the oven when there’s already something in it at a different temperature.

If you’re using the stovetop, you can never seem to pay enough attention to the meat you’re sautéing at the same time you’re keeping a watchful eye on the vegetable medley in the steamer.

When I make dinner for myself it seems especially pointless (and not especially time efficient) to make a side dish that requires ample prep time.

If I’m baking, roasting or broiling I tend to steam vegetables, mash potatoes or make a salad to speed up dinnertime (which…let’s be honest, is 8:00 p.m. on a good day, closer to 9:00 p.m. on an average day).

This is a simple side dish that would pair nicely with a the smoky flavors of barbecue, severd alongside chicken, steaks or even a classic meatloaf.

Even if polenta isn’t your favorite food, you’ll enjoy this if you’re like me and you love goat cheese.

And I do.

If you took a rectangular piece of cardboard, smothered it in goat cheese and told me it was flatbread, there’s a good chance I would enjoy it.

I digress.

Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta
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Recipe type: Worknight Dinners, Cooking for a Crowd
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of coarse cornmeal or polenta
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, sliced into one-inch pieces
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add polenta and stir until mixture is combined and texture is creamy. Remove from heat and add goat cheese, one slice at a time until mixture is blended. Add salt and pepper as desired. Serves 4.
What’s your favorite side dish to eat with a weeknight meal?

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32 Comments

  • Reply
    Jude
    April 20, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I can definitely see enjoying this with a juicy steak. The texture looks luscious.

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    Lexi
    April 16, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I looooooooooooooooooove goat cheese!
    My current favorite side is asparagus…I make it all the time!

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    Paula Maack
    April 16, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Some of my favorite side dishes include pureed cauliflower, baked spaghetti squash, and roasted yams.
    This polenta looks quick, easy and super yummy. I have had a similar version with mascarpone, but have never made it myself.
    I look forward to trying this – thanks!
    Cheers,
    ~ Paula

  • Reply
    Susan
    April 15, 2009 at 3:00 am

    you had me at goat cheese

  • Reply
    E.P.
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I’ve never made polenta before, but I’m sure since I like grits, I’d probably enjoy it. (They’re similar, right?)
    My go-to side is mac and cheese. I actually made some from scratch today on a whim, and it made me SO happy.

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    Sandie
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Simple scrumptious! Why haven’t I thought to add goat cheese to polenta?!
    I’m with Lydia, my favorite side would have to be asparagus—I love *almost* everything about it, except for that *one thing* which I won’t mention any further 😉

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    Joie de vivre
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    You had me at goat cheese, you had me at goat cheese!
    Third paragraph, you accidently typed the word severd instead of served. Just thought you’d like to know. Sometimes I miss things like that in my blog and am always embarrassed.

  • Reply
    Joey
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I would house this shit.

  • Reply
    Carissa
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I’m not a big fan of cheese (I know, I know. I’m weird!) but I absolutely love polenta! soft or firm, as in this little chicken polenta tartlet recipe I have! I don’t think many people, at least my friends, know what polenta is but more people need to know the joy of polenta because it is soo yummy!

  • Reply
    Gudrun
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    yumm, sounds great! Is the goat cheese flavor very pronounced? My son is weird about cheese, but if it was subtle, I might be able to sneak it in….

  • Reply
    Kerstin
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    What a great side dish! I LOVE goat cheese, it just makes everything better 🙂

  • Reply
    Kat
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Thank you for visiting my blog and good luck with Lydia’s Drop In Decorate event! I am reading through your blog and have already bookmarked 5 recipes!! Yum!!!!!!!!

  • Reply
    CookiePie
    April 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

    You had me at “goat cheese” — but add polenta and I’m in heaven!!!

  • Reply
    Matt
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    ok… this is going to sound LAME… but I dont care.
    My side dishes mainly consist of those Green Giant steamers or canned green beans. Because I am simple… and I love easy.

  • Reply
    Food Hunter
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    This sounds amazing.

  • Reply
    laura
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I can so relate to what you’re saying about getting both a main and side dish to the table. I tend to resort to a green salad, but what I love are hot, comforting sides like this one 🙂

  • Reply
    Chrissy
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Yum, I love goat cheese. I often fight with my boyfriend over what to put it in (or on) and when, as he’s not as much of a fan. (I’ll have to make this when he’s not around!) I think I love all side dishes – vegetables, starches, anything. I really like roasted vegetables once it gets warmer. Also orzo or cous cous with peas, roasted red pepper, and slivered almonds.

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    Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    At this time of year, my favorite side dish is asparagus — grilled or roasted, tossed with salt, pepper and olive oil. I could eat them with every meal, hot or cold.

  • Reply
    Joanna
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Mmm, I love polenta but I’ve never tried it with goat cheese! (I usually go the Italian route with lots of parmesean.) I will definitely give this one a try.
    Also, I completely agree with you on managing your kitchen energy – when I’m cooking by myself, for myself, I try to focus my attention on one dish (whether it’s the main dish or the side) and keep everything else simple. But since I often have leftovers, I might make more complex sides the next night since the main dish just needs to be reheated.

  • Reply
    ksgoodeats
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I really need to try polenta, it sounds delicious!

  • Reply
    kat
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    That does look like some creamy goodness

  • Reply
    jshively
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Polenta is one of my favorite sides to serve with some smoked pork chops and caramelized onions.

  • Reply
    corrinnej
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    This is a great recipe! I have one that it is very similar from Chavrie goat cheese… The little difference is lemon zest. It adds a wonderful fresh layer of flavor! So good…. 🙂

  • Reply
    Sophie
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    MMMMMM…Maris! Your polenta dish looks so yummie!!
    My favourite side dish is that I have to many!

  • Reply
    Paula
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Think it would have to be creamy buttery mashed potato everytime!

  • Reply
    Melissa
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I can’t say I’m a fan of goat cheese as of yet, but I can definitely appreciate the easy side dish. I can also relate to the whole issue of trying to keep track of or time a side (especially when already using the oven yes!!) with a main dish. My favorite is my creamed spinach, but that takes effort. As for simple, it would be roasted potatoes or broccoli or cauliflower. Simple and delicious.

  • Reply
    Pearl
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    wow, i’ve never had polenta, but now i’ll look into it! thank you for the recipe!

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    beyond
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    i love polenta. sometimes when i’m hungry i take the polenta package out of the cupboard and put it back again because it takes so long… i feel like making this with the goat cheese. i’ll just have to plan ahead one day and not wait until i’m starving.

  • Reply
    Heather
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    goat cheese polenta?! are you kidding me?! this sounds AMAZING!

  • Reply
    Sara
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    This looks great, I’ve been making a lot of polenta lately. I have half a log of goat cheese in the fridge, so I will definitely try this.

  • Reply
    elra
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Simply delicious Maris. Sometimes I get lazy too, especially on Sunday.
    Not sure what my favorite side dish is. Is rice count? I think my favorite is rice, I love rice…
    Cheers,
    elra

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    VeggieGirl
    April 13, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Oh yes, same here – sometimes simplicity is just how it has to be!! 🙂
    Looove polenta!!

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