Baked Cheese Polenta with Swiss Chard

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
Source: Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2002, p. 144
CL Comments: Parmesan and goat cheeses add a sharp flavor and creamy texture to the polenta. Serve with focaccia and cherry tomatoes tossed in a vinaigrette.
Comments from a PA Kitchen: This is my kind of lunch. It's a little light for a dinner portion, I think, but it's a decent lunch portion or a good dinner side dish. I tasted the polenta before I layered the dish, and it needed a touch more salt, so I added that. I also topped the casserole with a tiny sprinkling of parmesan and coarse salt. Will absolutely make again.

INGREDIENTS:

CHARD:
2 bunches Swiss chard (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Cooking spray
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons water

POLENTA:
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can vegetable broth
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. To prepare chard, remove stems and center ribs. Discard stems and chop ribs; coarsely chop leaves. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add garlic; sauté 30 seconds. Add ribs and 2 tablespoons water; cover and cook 5 minutes. Add the leaves; cover and cook 5 minutes or until wilted.
  3. To prepare polenta, place 1 3/4 cups water, salt, and broth into a large saucepan. Gradually add the cornmeal, stirring constantly with a whisk. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium, and cook 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cheeses, stirring constantly with a whisk. Spoon half the polenta into a 2-quart baking dish coated with cooking spray, spreading evenly. Top with the chard mixture. Spoon sour cream over chard, spreading evenly. Quickly add remaining polenta, spreading evenly.
  4. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

H.U: 3 per serving
CALORIES 169 (28% from fat); FAT 5.3g (satfat 2.9g, monofat 1.2g, polyfat 0.5g); PROTEIN 6.4g; CARBOHYDRATE 24.1g; FIBER 1.9g; CHOLESTEROL 15mg; IRON 2.4mg; SODIUM 647mg; CALCIUM 146mg;

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