Goat Cheese Polenta with Sautéed Kale

Goat Cheese Polenta with Sautéed Kale Recipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr


We love the versatility of this 25-minute meatless entrée. Goat Cheese Polenta with Sautéed Kale is a hearty choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.


Serves 4
Total time: 25 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 378
Fat 17.1 g
Satfat 4.6 g
Monofat 7.3 g
Polyfat 3 g
Protein 13.9 g
Carbohydrate 42.5 g
Fiber 5.1 g
Cholesterol 58 mg
Iron 4.4 mg
Sodium 381 mg
Calcium 183 mg


3 1/4 cups water, divided
1 thyme sprig
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking polenta
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled and divided
1 ounce 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
1 large egg
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 (8-ounce) package presliced cremini mushrooms
1/4 cup dry white wine
6 cups chopped Lacinato kale (about 1 bunch)
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted


1. Bring 3 cups water and thyme to a boil in a medium saucepan. Gradually add polenta, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Reduce heat to medium; cook 6 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly. Discard thyme sprig. Combine 1 ounce goat cheese, cream cheese, and egg in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk until almost smooth. Add egg mixture to polenta, stirring to combine. Remove pan from heat. Line an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish with plastic wrap, allowing plastic wrap to extend over edges of dish; coat plastic wrap with cooking spray. Spoon polenta into dish, spreading evenly. Cover and keep warm.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, red pepper, garlic, and mushrooms; sauté 7 minutes or until tender. Add wine; cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove mushroom mixture from pan; keep warm.

3. Return pan to medium heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add remaining 1/4 cup water, kale, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until tender.

4. Invert polenta onto a plate; remove plastic wrap. Cut into 4 squares. Cut each square into 2 triangles. Place 2 triangles on each of 4 plates; top with 1/2 cup mushroom mixture and 1/2 cup kale. Sprinkle remaining 1 ounce goat cheese and pine nuts evenly over kale.


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Deb Wise,

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November 2013
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