By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

Chickpea flour can be found in Italian or Indian markets.

Number of servings

Serves 8
  1. DASH diet
  2. Heart-healthy
  3. Weight management
  4. Meatless
  5. Healthy-carb
  6. Diabetes meal plan
  7. Gluten-free


    For the polenta:

  1. 1 3/4 cups chickpea flour
  2. 2 cups plain soy milk
  3. 1 cup chicken stock, vegetable stock or broth
  4. 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  5. 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  6. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, oregano or basil, or 1 teaspoon dried
  7. 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  8. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  9. 3 egg whites
  10. For the topping:

  11. 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  12. 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  13. 1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  14. 1/4 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes, soaked in water to rehydrate, drained and chopped
  15. 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  16. 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley


In a blender or food processor, combine the flour, soy milk, stock, olive oil, garlic, thyme, mustard and pepper. Process until smooth. Pour the batter into a large bowl. Let stand for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Heat the oven to 425 F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a large, spotlessly clean bowl, using an electric mixer on high, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until puffed and lightly browned around the edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.

Heat the broiler. Position the rack 4 inches from the heat source.

While the polenta is cooling, make the topping. In a small frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Add the olives and tomatoes and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

Carefully spoon the onion mixture evenly over the baked polenta and sprinkle with the cheese. Broil until the top is lightly browned. Watch carefully; this takes only about 1 minute. Sprinkle with the parsley. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Cut into 8 squares, then cut the squares on the diagonal into 16 wedges. Serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 2 wedges

  • Total carbohydrate 20 g
  • Dietary fiber 3 g
  • Sodium 160 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 2 mg
  • Protein 8 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 2 g
  • Calories 157
  • Added sugars 0 g
  • Total sugars 4 g

This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook," published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of a James Beard award.

Dec. 19, 2018