Cheesy Polenta-Green Tomato Gratin

Cheesy Polenta-Green Tomato Gratin Recipe
Beau Gustafson
This unique side tastes somewhat like a tamale. Serve with grilled chicken or fish.


6 servings

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 191
Caloriesfromfat 29 %
Fat 6.1 g
Satfat 3.2 g
Monofat 2.3 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 8.7 g
Carbohydrate 25 g
Fiber 1.7 g
Cholesterol 16 mg
Iron 1.1 mg
Sodium 412 mg
Calcium 211 mg


1 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
Cooking spray
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups chopped firm green tomato (about 2 large)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled queso fresco
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)


Preheat oven to 425°.

To prepare polenta, combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually stir in cornmeal, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Spread mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.

To prepare tomatoes, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomato and the next 5 ingredients (through garlic); sauté 6 minutes or until tomato is tender. Remove from heat; stir in chopped cilantro. Spoon tomato mixture over polenta; sprinkle with cheeses. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Krista Ackerbloom Montgomery and Ann Taylor Pittman,

Cooking Light

August 2005
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