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Creamy Parmesan Polenta

This creamy polenta recipe adds Parmesan to deepen the flavor and an unexpected addition of figs, which give a hint of sweetness to this polenta recipe.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Creamy Polenta Recipe, Polenta Recipe
Servings: 8 servings


  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups medium-grain polenta
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese , grated (2 cups)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 6 pieces
  • 1 cup Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Golden Dried Figs , stems removed + sliced in half


  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine water, polenta, salt, and pepper in 13 by 9-inch baking dish. Transfer dish to oven and bake, uncovered, until water is absorbed and polenta has thickened, about 60 minutes.
  • Remove baking dish from oven and whisk in Parmesan and butter until polenta is smooth and creamy. Serve. Top with sliced golden figs, or on the side, serve with the Broccoli Rabe, Dried Figs and Pine Nuts.


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