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Polenta with leeks and cheese

Written by Veronica Lavenia

Polenta with leeks and cheese is one my winter comfort food. Polenta is the oldest foods with a strong tradition in northern Italy. Its goodness consists in the quality of the flour and, of course, also in the high quality of the ingredients used to dress it. Usually, the cheeses are the ideal match. Polenta with cheese is one of my beloved foods, especially when I spend a few days in the beautiful mountains of Valle D’Aosta (Northern Italy). There, in front of a fireplace, I always find the ideal atmosphere to enjoy a dish as simple and delicious as this one. This is the perfect dish to serve for an informal brunch on a chilly day. Simple high-quality ingredients make, as always, the difference.


Polenta with leeks and cheese: Ingredients

Serves 4

400 g (14 oz) pre-cooked polenta

2 leeks, cut into rounds

100 ml (3½ fl oz) warm water

pinch of sea salt

150 g (5 ½) Fontina cheese, cut into cubes

50 g (13/4 oz) Parmigiano, grated

extra virgin olive oil, to taste

Polenta with leeks and cheese: Method

  1. Boil 1,5 litres (52 fl oz) of salted water over medium heat.
  2. Add the polenta and stir to avoid the formation of lumps. Cook for about 8–10 minutes, or according to the directions on the packaging (traditional polenta has a very long cooking time. About 50 minutes).
  3. Sauté the leeks with some olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the water and salt and cook, lid on, for about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the Fontina and Parmigiano to the hot polenta and mix until they have melted. Add the leeks and serve warm with a drizzle of olive oil.

From A Modern Italian table

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About the author

Veronica Lavenia

PhD (former University academic). Italian based food writer, magazine contributor, some of my works have appeared and appears in the most popular International food magazine, as “Gluten-free Heaven”; "Vegetarian Living"; "Veggie Magazine"; "Lifestyle FOOD"; "Australian Good Food & Travel Guide; and "Chickpea", among others.
Foodpreneur, founder of @laveniasicilianchocolate