Smoked Gouda Polenta

Smoked Gouda Polenta is rich, creamy and cheesy. The smoked gouda cheese lends a rustic deliciousness to this easy to make everyday polenta. 

Smoked Gouda Polenta | 2 Cookin Mamas Smoked Gouda Polenta is rich, creamy and cheesy. The smoked gouda cheese lends a rustic deliciousness to this easy to make everyday polenta. #polenta #sidedish #cheesypolenta #recipe

I’ve turned over a new leaf! I have had a strong aversion to polenta ever since I was a little girl but nobody told me that you could add cheese to it! Woohoo! (I’m doing a happy dance here) And my husband is overjoyed since he absolutely loves grits and polenta – so now I’ve made 2 people happy. 🙂

Smoked Gouda Polenta closeup | 2 Cookin Mamas

A few months back, my husband and I visited a restaurant called Harrys in St. Augustine and he ordered a dish which was served atop cheesy grits (or polenta). He let me try some and I was immediately smitten. Who knew grits could be that delicious!

Smoked Gouda Polenta prep | 2 Cookin Mamas

Of course, since then, I have also had polenta at Season’s 52 where they used them as a base for braised short ribs. Oh my, it was heaven! Which, by the way, is why you should check out my delicious Braised Beef Short Ribs recipe. Just sayin’! I just needed to replicate that recipe so I could fix it at home whenever I wanted. Yep, foods I love tend to make their way into my kitchen for sure.

Smoked Gouda Polenta bite | 2 Cookin Mamas

This recipe was adapted from one I found on Shared Appetite to which I added some delicious smoked Gouda à la Seasons. It definitely lent a decidedly gourmet flavor to it. You would never believe that polenta was once considered a peasant dish- well, not anymore!

Smoked Gouda Polenta and Braised Beef Short Ribs | 2 Cookin Mamas

Love polenta too? Check out our Chicken Mole that is perfect served over polenta except this version is over a sharper Parmesan polenta cake.

Hope you enjoy!

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Smoked Gouda Polenta is rich, creamy and cheesy. The smoked gouda cheese lends a rustic deliciousness to this easy to make everyday polenta. 

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Warren
  • 1 cup almond milk or your usual milk
  • 2-1/2 - 3 cups water or can substitute chicken broth, as needed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup stone-ground whole grain cornmeal (medium grind works well)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or butter substitute or add'l olive oil
  • Tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup smoked gouda, shredded
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring milk, water or broth and salt to a boil. Reduce heat to low and whisk in cornmeal, stirring continuously. 
  2. Simmer for 15-20 minutes. If polenta gets too thick, add 1/4-1/2 cup more water or broth.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in butter, olive oil and cheese.
  4. Serve as a side instead of potatoes or rice, under our Braised Short Ribs or top with your favorite tomato sauce.




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    03/01/2016 at 9:03 am

    I LOVE smoked Gouda. I’ve never been a huge polenta fan but this sounds like a combination I would like. 🙂

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    02/29/2016 at 8:19 pm

    This sounds truly scrumptious. Polenta often seems so bland to me, and yours is rich with flavor. Love the addition of smoked gouda. That is one of my favorite cheeses! I am excited to follow your blog. Cheers!

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      Linda Warren
      02/29/2016 at 8:45 pm

      I loved the smoked gouda in the polenta, I think it made all the difference. And I couldn’t agree more that just plain polenta can be pretty bland. I hope you get to try it. Have a great day!

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    Lauren Wayne (Hobo Mama)
    02/29/2016 at 6:15 pm

    This looks so delicious! I love the idea of the smoked gouda for richness and know my husband would agree!

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      Linda Warren
      02/29/2016 at 8:47 pm

      My husband was overjoyed that I was cooking polenta and really liked the smoky edge the gouda gave it.I hope your husband gives it a thumbs up as well.

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    02/29/2016 at 4:32 pm

    Looks wonderful…especially with the short ribs!

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      Linda Warren
      02/29/2016 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks Colleen! This polenta is sooo good with all that cheese and the gravy from the short ribs really makes it seem like a high end meal.

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    02/29/2016 at 3:17 pm

    This looks delicious, I have never had polenta but I can’t wait to try your recipe!

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      Linda Warren
      02/29/2016 at 5:01 pm

      The only thing I had ever tried was grits for breakfast and didn’t really care for them. So when I decided to try this version, after trying it in a restaurant, I was won over. If you try it for the first time definitely opt for a cheesy version. Hope you get a chance to try it.

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