Mexican Polenta Casserole
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"Ground turkey, beans, polenta, and just the right seasonings make this dish amazing! My family devours this time and time again. I love the way the polenta makes a crust! Soooo good. I can't remember where the recipe came from but I have made it my own and perfected it. I know you will love it, too."
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Ingredients1 h 55 m servings 361
Original recipe yields 10 servings (1 3-quart casserole)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 3-quart glass casserole. Break up 1 tube polenta in the casserole and press evenly so it covers the bottom of the dish.
- Slice remaining 1 tube polenta into enough thin slices to cover the top of the casserole; set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until glistening. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
- Lower heat to medium and stir in turkey, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir until turkey is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add black beans, drained tomatoes, and salsa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes.
- While turkey mixture is simmering, bake polenta crust in the preheated oven until firm, 7 to 10 minutes.
- Remove polenta crust from the oven and sprinkle with 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese. Top with turkey mixture and lay sliced polenta on top.
- Return to the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 2 cups Monterey Jack and bake until bubbly, about 10 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped tomato and cilantro.
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- Cook's Note:
- I use garlic and tomato polenta instead of traditional polenta.
Per Serving: 361 calories; 17.1 29.2 23.4 64 929 Full nutrition