Baked Cheese Polenta with Swiss Chard

Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell; Food Kellie Gerber Kelley
Parmesan and goat cheeses add a sharp flavor and creamy texture to the polenta. Serve with focaccia and cherry tomatoes tossed in a vinaigrette.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)

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Nutritional 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

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

Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°.

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.

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.

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

Note:

May 2001