Polenta With Roasted Garlic, Gorgonzola, and Walnuts

Phew. . . feels good to have the Monday after a holiday over with, doesn’t it? I had a great day! It started with a good workout and ended up being a quiet work day listening to Christmas music and getting a lot done. I am grateful for good work days. After work, the weather was raw and rainy, and I wanted something warm and comforting. Polenta was the perfect choice. I decided to make it with toasted walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, and roasted garlic. Ingredients 1 tube of organic polenta 1/2 cup to 1 cup crumbled gorgonzola 5 cloves of roasted garlic (roast in skins at 400 until soft and easily squeezed from skin) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted in a dry skillet image image image image image gorgonzola I cut the polenta into discs and placed them in a pan of sizzling olive oil, then seasoned with ground black pepper.


My plan was to neatly top each disc with crumbled cheese, sliced roasted garlic, and walnuts, but that fell apart quickly. It didn’t look very pretty, but it tasted good!

polenta with cheese

I served this over a bed of romaine lettuce which, though I bought it only yesterday, is rapidly going bad. I don’t know if the lettuce was the perfect pairing for the polenta, but I hate wasting and wanted to use it up. It ended up tasting good and providing a nice crunch.


The mix of polenta, lettuce, and walnuts makes for a constant change in textures, and the gorgonzola and roasted garlic provide strong but complementary flavors. Polenta is another one of those ingredients that is extremely versatile and it sort of feels like a luxurious treat but only costs $2.99 for the entire tube. Next up, making my own polenta. . . but maybe not this week.

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  1. MarathonVal’s avatar

    Oh my, that recipe looks outstanding!! And I read in your previous post that you will only be running a couple days a week during the next couple weeks… don’t worry, I only run 3 days a week when training for my last marathon and it worked out great! I found that spinning is an excellent way to keep in shape without overworking your muscles and getting injured :)


  2. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)’s avatar

    We got a pouch of dried polenta some time ago and have yet to use it up. I’ll have to Google how to make it into solid chunk form. I could totally go for this dish right now. YAHM!


  3. Erin’s avatar

    I’ve always been reticent to try polenta. It seems really easy to mess up in my mind for some reason. Thank you for showing me it’s not :) Love the running plan too! I think I’m going with Hal Higdon’s half marathon plan for May and that’s running 3x per week.


  4. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    That looks delicious – I don’t think I have ever had polenta … and I have definitely never cooked with it. I really need to buy some and give it a shot!


  5. Rebecca’s avatar

    this looks wonderful love the addition of the cheese and walnuts


  6. Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)’s avatar

    I’ve never tried polenta before, but that looks great! Thanks for the recipe!


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  8. Simply Life’s avatar

    Yum, this sounds like such a delicious dish and perfect for a rainy day!


  9. tastyeatsathome’s avatar

    Love polenta! Sounds easy and delicious.


  10. greensandjeans’s avatar

    I always forget about polenta, but now you’ve reminded me and I’m sure some will find its way into my grocery cart this week!


  11. stephchows’s avatar

    mmm sounds delicious!


  12. Andrea@WellnessNotes’s avatar

    This dish has all my favorite flavors! Sounds awesome! I LOVE the combination of Gorgonzola & walnuts… And I love that you served it on some lettuce. I just need a nice glass of wine to go with it… :)


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  14. Jeanne’s avatar

    I always see that tube of polenta at Trader Joe’s, but I’m never sure how to cook it. This looks really good!


  15. Shelly Huang’s avatar

    I love the idea of adding gorgonzola and walnuts to dress up the polenta! Simple yet elegant.


  16. holly’s avatar

    holy yummola girl – this looks AMAZING! gorgonzola + walnuts is such a fabulous combo!


  17. Jessie’s avatar

    I must get my hands on that tube polenta! this dish looks so tasty and flavorful!


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