Photo: Brie Passano; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Serves 4 (serving size: 3 ounces steak and about 3/4 cup polenta)

Instant polenta is a speedy alternative to mashed spuds. Not keen on blue cheese? Stir in a little Parmesan or plain Greek yogurt.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle steak evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and allspice. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add steak to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Place steak on a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into thin slices.

Step 2

Bring remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, milk, stock, and paprika to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat to low; cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir in cheese and thyme.

Ratings & Reviews


December 05, 2016
I liked this more than my husband - which was weird because I'm not a huge polenta fan and he LOVES blue cheese.  Not sure I'll make it again but I'm glad I tried it.  Couldn't find the quick-cooking polenta so just made the regular polenta in a double-boiler.

Very Nice ;-)

April 26, 2015
Made menu to recipe except subbed very lean grass-fed ribeye for flank steak.  Turned the steak over every 30 seconds, 8 minutes total.  Really liked allspice on the beef & gorgonzola in the polenta.  Served with the recommended broccolini and a green salad.  Good weekend supper.

Polenta makes the dish

April 14, 2015
The steak was delicious. Do not over cook. A friend bought the polenta in a tube which won't work with this recipe but we improvised. Cut into 3/4 inch rounds. Brushed with palm oil and grilled 2 min per side. Then put on broiler pan, topped with blue cheese, thyme & paprika mix and broiled. Delicious

Great quick weeknight option

April 09, 2015
This turned out great.  I did 4 minutes on each side in my Le Crueset grill pan on medium high and was a little rare, for thick steaks like mine I might go 6 minutes for medium rare.  The polenta was the star, it was lovely and creamy and blue cheesey as advertised. I just splashed some Worcestershire sauce on the steak it and it was good to go.  Broccolini made a nice side - was able to cook all three dishes in under 20 minutes.