The W Family Chronicles

A Southwestern Polenta Dish

Posted on: January 24, 2007

So nobody replied to my post begging for polenta recipes and we were forced to improvise.  Rather, D was.  I let him make his magic and the result was delicious.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Grease the bottom of a 13×9 baking pan.  Slice polenta and place it in a layer in the bottom of the pan.  Bake at 375 degrees while preparing ground beef mixture.
  2. Prepare ground beef according to instructions on taco seasoning packet.
  3. Add canned black beans (drained), tomato paste, and frozen veggies to skillet.  Mix well and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Take polenta out of oven, add beef mixture and top w/ mexican cheese.
  5. Cook until cheese is golden brown and forms crust…about 25 minutes.

The only thing I’d change is adding more tomatoes…there weren’t enough in the frozen veggies.  But I REALLY love tomatoes, so that’s just a personal preference.  Obviously, not everyone will be able to find those specific products, so improvise as necessary.

And I’m still looking for polenta ideas, so post ’em if you got ’em!

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1 Response to "A Southwestern Polenta Dish"

Hey Melissa! I was just about to request your polenta recipe, but did a google search, and found your blog. I made it before, and liked it, so I wanted to make it again tomorrow.

BTW, you need to change your PG ticker 🙂

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D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

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