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Catholic Recipe: Corn Meal with Bel Paese


  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 pound Bel Paese cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Details

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 1 1/2 hours
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: Italy

Also Called: Polenta con Bel Paese


Place 2 1/2 cups salted water in top of double boiler over direct heat. Bring to boil. Combine corn meal with remaining water. Add to boiling water. Add eggs. Stir mixture over low heat until boiling. Place top of double boiler over boiling water. Cover. Cook 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn out in 9 x 9 pan; spread evenly. Chill thoroughly. Turn out of pan; cut into desired shape. Place in greased shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with bits of Bel Paese, butter. Bake 25 minutes at 400°. Yield, 4 servings

Recipe Source: Catholic Cookbook, The by William I. Kaufman, The Citadel Press, New York, 1965
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