Polenta Stacks with Ham, Spinach, and Cheese (Food Network Kitchens) Recipe

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  1. Position a rack about 6-inches from the broiler and preheat to high. Cut the polenta into 8 squares and transfer to a sheet pan. Pat dry with a paper towel and lightly brush with olive oil. Broil until tops are browned, about 8 minutes. Remove pan from oven.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the garlic and pepper flakes, stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Put the spinach in the pan and season with salt, cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Reserve pan.
  3. Divide the wilted spinach among each polenta square. Divide slices of the meat on top of the spinach and top each square with the cheese. Place under the broiler until cheese melts and just begins to brown, another 4 minutes.
  4. Heat the sauce in the skillet used for the spinach. Ladle some sauce onto each of 4 plates. Place 2 polenta cakes in the middle of each plate and serve.
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  6. Quick Polenta:
  7. 2 cups chicken broth, low-sodium canned or homemade
  8. 2 cups whole milk
  9. 3/4 cup quick-cooking polenta
  10. 1/4 to 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  11. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
  12. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  13. Freshly ground black pepper
  14. Put the broth and milk in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta, reduce the heat to low, and cook, whisking occasionally, until the polenta is thick and creamy, about 15 minutes.
  15. Pull the saucepan from the heat and whisk in the cheese, butter, salt, and pepper. Pour into a baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  16. Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 376.19 Kcal (1575 kJ)
Calories from fat 230.67 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25.63g 39%
Cholesterol 97.38mg 32%
Sodium 1156.31mg 48%
Potassium 572.02mg 12%
Total Carbs 7.02g 2%
Sugars 2.99g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1.87g 7%
Protein 30.35g 61%
Vitamin C 24.5mg 41%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Calcium 485.7mg 49%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 164.51 Kcal (689 kJ)
Calories from fat 100.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.21g 39%
Cholesterol 42.59mg 32%
Sodium 505.65mg 48%
Potassium 250.14mg 12%
Total Carbs 3.07g 2%
Sugars 1.31g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0.82g 7%
Protein 13.27g 61%
Vitamin C 10.7mg 41%
Iron 1.2mg 15%
Calcium 212.4mg 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Find out how many calories should you eat.


  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 9.3
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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