Sage Polenta Recipe
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Sage Polenta Recipe

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Bits of sweet red pepper peek through these pretty polenta squares that have a slightly sweet corn flavor and are generously seasoned with sage. Serve this traditional ethnic side dish with Italian entrees...or even Southwestern fare, suggests our Test Kitchen staff.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Cook: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 143 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 386mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large nonstick saucepan, saute the onion, red pepper and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in water and milk; bring to a boil over medium heat. Gradually whisk in cornmeal, whisking constantly to prevent lumping. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until cornmeal is tender.
  2. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, sage, salt and pepper. Spread into a 13-in. x 9-in. pan coated with cooking spray. Cover and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes or until firm.
  3. Cut into 12 squares. In a large nonstick skillet, cook polenta in batches in oil over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned. Serve warm. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sage Polenta in Light & Tasty April/May 2005, p55

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alfoa User ID: 2078080 134835
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"Wow, what a great way to use up extra sage. Like the recipe said, make sure there are no lumps--yuck. Otherwise it turned out well."

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