Okay, maybe this isn't a good summer side, but I've been meaning to post for awhile.  This recipe is super easy and doesn't take tons of whisking or standing over the stove!

3/4 cup cornmeal or polenta (not quick-cooking)
3 cups water
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup grated cheese (like parmesan or romano)
2 tbsp butter

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a lidded dish, whisk together cornmeal, water, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, whisking halfway through.
  4. Remove from oven and whisk in cheese and butter and serve.