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polenta and parmesan gratin


An Italian inspired dish that is ideal as a starter or even as a side dish.


  1. Pour the water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Sprinkle in the polenta a little at a time, whisking continuously.
  2. When all the polenta has been added, cook for 2 minutes over a medium heat, whisking continuously.
  3. Pour in the cream and cook for a further 2 minutes
  4. Finely grate the Parmesan
  5. Gradually add the first quantity of cheese
  6. Add the butter
  7. Keep whisking until the polenta has thickened. Season with salt
  8. Pour the polenta into a large baking tray or heatproof dish. The polenta should be about 1cm deep.
  9. Leave the polenta to stand for 5 minutes and preheat the grill to high.
  10. Sprinkle with the second quantity of grated Parmesan
  11. Grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
  12. Serve Immediately.


  • For the creamiest polenta, make it just before you want to serve it
  • Look for the quick cook variety of polenta, which cooks in 5-10 minutes