Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta from the California Grill
One of the foods that I’ve always had trouble with is Polenta. I wanted to like it, I tried and tried at restaurants and in family kitchens across the country, but the flavors always feel flat. That is until I tried the polenta at California Grill. This creamy mixture of polenta with flavorful goat cheese and herbs, finally made me a believer. Thanks so much to our friends at Disney Food Bog for exclusive use of their picture, check out their story on the California Grill too!
I love to bring pieces of my Walt Disney World Vacations home with me, and this recipe is a new staple in our house. I thought that you might like to give it a try as well. Give this amazing polenta a try, then leave a comment to let me know what you think about this California Grill classic!
Goat Cheese Polenta
- 1 cup diced white onion
- 1 head garlic, diced and sautéed
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 cups polenta (less if you prefer a softer texture)
- 1 cup Asiago cheese, grated
- 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs-equal parts thyme, rosemary, sage, and chives (if using dried herbs, cut proportions in half).
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Sauté onion in a small amount of olive oil until transparent. Stir in garlic, then add water, milk and cream and bring to a boil. Whisk in polenta slowly, stirring until thick and bubbling. Continue to stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let thicken for 5 minutes.
Pour mixture into a pan and bake at 275 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and fold in cheeses and herbs. Add salt and pepper and serve it up! This is a great side dish to serve with pork tenderloin and asparagus.