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Baked Cheese Polenta with Swiss Chard

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell; Food Kellie Gerber Kelley
Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Parmesan and goat cheeses add a sharp flavor and creamy texture to the polenta. Serve with focaccia and cherry tomatoes tossed in a vinaigrette.

Ingredients

  • Chard:
  • 2 bunches Swiss chard (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Polenta:
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can vegetable broth
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

Nutrition Information

  • calories 169
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 5.3 g
  • satfat 2.9 g
  • monofat 1.2 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 6.4 g
  • carbohydrate 24.1 g
  • fiber 1.9 g
  • cholesterol 15 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 647 mg
  • calcium 146 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. To prepare chard, remove stems and center ribs. Discard stems and chop ribs; coarsely chop leaves. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add ribs and 2 tablespoons water; cover and cook 5 minutes. Add the leaves; cover and cook 5 minutes or until wilted.

  3. To prepare polenta, place 1 3/4 cups water, salt, and broth into a large saucepan. Gradually add the cornmeal, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cheeses, stirring constantly with a whisk. Spoon half the polenta into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray, spreading evenly. Top with the chard mixture. Spoon sour cream over chard, spreading evenly. Quickly add remaining polenta, spreading evenly.

  4. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.