Baked Polenta with Spinach and Feta Cheese

I love to cook with spinach and use it quite often, occasionally it is necessary to only use fresh spinach, but I find more often frozen spinach makes a good and practical substitute. It's one of those ingredients that's full of vitamins and versatile enough that I can use for a variety of purposes, I always keep some stocked in my freezer.

I bought a few packages of feta cheese the other day and have been going a bit crazy with it. Feta is one of my favorite cheeses. It reminds me of all of the great Greek restaurants that I used to eat at when I lived in Buffalo, NY. It was this Greek cuisine that I had in mind when I created this quick and delicious Mediterranean dish can be served as a vegetarian main course or as a savory side dish.

Baked Polenta with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Serves 2 (as a main course)

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 cloves of garlic- minced
1 cup of frozen spinach- thawed and drained (or @ 1 lb. of fresh spinach)
1 tsp tarragon
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
Salt and fresh grated black pepper to taste
8 oz of ready to use Polenta , (pre-cooked)
3 oz of feta cheese-crumbled
2 stalks of green onion- chopped
few sprinkles of grated parmesan cheese

6" x 9" baking dish
Aluminum foil

Heat a frying pan to medium high heat with the olive oil
Saute the garlic for about a minute, then mix in the spinach
Add the tarragon, oregano, crushed red pepper, salt and pepper, mix together and cook for 2 minutes, then put aside
Pre-heat the oven to 350º
coat the bottom of a 6" x 9" baking dish with butter or with cooking spray
Place a 1/2 inch (2.5 cm) thick layer of the polenta on the bottom of the dish
Spread on a layer of the spinach mixture over top of the polenta
Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese over top of the spinach mixture
Sprinkle the chopped green onion over top of the feta, then finish off with a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese and a bit more fresh grated black pepper
Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350º
After 20 minutes remove the foil and bake uncovered for 10 more minutes (30 minutes total baking time)
Let cool 10 minutes before serving, enjoy!



Jesse said...

This actually looks easy to make, and healthy to boot. Bravo!

Katya said...

This looks delicious, I have yet to grill polenta because I always make my own. I need to buy some so I can get the nice patty shape!

I like this because I added spinach, garlic and yogurt to my polenta. delicious