Cheesy Polenta and Ham Gratin

Enjoy this Italian-inspired polenta and ham casserole – a cheesy dinner made ready in 45 minutes!

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  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 45 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 4
 

Ingredients

1
tablespoon butter
1/4
cup finely chopped onion
3/4
cup whipping cream
1
oz. (1/4 cup) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
1
(1-lb.) pkg. prepared polenta, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1
cup cooked ham strips (2x1/4x1/4-inch)
4
oz. (1 cup) shredded Swiss cheese
1
tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

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  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until softened but not browned, stirring frequently.
  • 2 Add whipping cream and Parmesan cheese; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 2 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Arrange polenta slices, overlapping and layering if necessary, in bottom of sprayed baking dish. Top with ham and Swiss cheese. Pour sauce over top.
  • 4 Bake at 425°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is lightly browned. Sprinkle with parsley.
  • 1 Heat oven to 425°F. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until softened but not browned, stirring frequently.
  • 2 Add whipping cream and Parmesan cheese; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook 2 to 4 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Arrange polenta slices, overlapping and layering if necessary, in bottom of sprayed baking dish. Top with ham and Swiss cheese. Pour sauce over top.
  • 4 Bake at 425°F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is lightly browned. Sprinkle with parsley.

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Expert Tips

The French word gratin refers to recipes that are topped with cheese or buttered bread crumbs before being browned in the oven. Gratin dishes are shallow, producing a broad surface area for the best part—the crispy topping.

Polenta is a mush made from cornmeal. It is available ready-to-eat and packaged in a plastic wrapper in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. It can also be found in the shelf-stable section of the store.

Assemble this recipe in four oval ramekins, evenly distributing the polenta slices, ham, cheese and sauce. Bake the gratins as directed until the cheese is lightly browned.

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
(
Calories from Fat
280),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
31g
31%
(Saturated Fat
19g,
19%
),
Cholesterol
115mg
115%;
Sodium
1040mg
1040%;
Total Carbohydrate
19g
19%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
3g
3%
),
Protein
20g
20%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
30%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
40%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 4 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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