This is a good casserole for a crowd or a potluck. The recipe was a $200 winner in a casserole contest.
- 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
- 1 medium green sweet pepper, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 lb uncooked ground turkey
- 1⁄2-1 teaspoon chili powder
- 3 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 cup bottled salsa
- 2 (16 ounce) packagesrefrigerated cooked polenta (or cook and mold your own)
- 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
- 2⁄3 cup chopped fresh tomato
- 1⁄4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
- preheat oven to 375°F.
- In a skillet cook onion, sweet pepper,and garlic in 1 tablespoon hot oil until tender.
- Add turkey, chili powder, cumin and cayenne.
- Cook until turkey is no longer pink, stirring to break up meat.
- Add beans, undrained tomatoes and salsa.
- Bring to boiling; reduce heat.
- Simmer gently 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, grease a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
- Cut 1 tube polenta into 1/2-inch cubes; press evenly into prepared baking dish.
- Halve remaining polenta lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices; set aside.
- Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over polenta in dish.
- Top with meat mixture.
- Arrange sliced polenta over meat; sprinkle with remaining cheese and fresh tomato.
- Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes or until bubbly.
- Sprinkle with cilantro.
- Let stand 15 to 20 minutes before serving.
- Makes 12 servings.
I also substituted veggie crumbles from Morningstar for the turkey. We only had enough polenta for the top, it was still delicious! Thank you!
WOW! WOW! I halved this recipe and cooked it in a 9" round casserole dish and made it Vegetarian... AWESOME! I changed a few things- Instead of green pepper, I chopped 2 Jalepenos, Regular oil instead of Olive, No Turkey, No diced tomatoes, just 1 thing of Medium salsa instead, and there was no need for cayenne pepper since I subbed the salsa and jalepenos for heat. Also, I didnt do the fresh tomatoes on top, and I used a Cheddar/Jack Mexican mix cheese and my Boyfriend and Mom LOVED it! I will definately make again! Thanks so much.
This was a surprisingly tasty dish! When I looked at the ingredients it didn't seem as though the end result would be anything special. I did make a few changes--so minor that I don't think it would matter. I used ground pork instead of turkey, only used 2 TB of cumin and added 1/4 tsp of ground Jalapeno powder and I left out the green pepper. I topped it with the tomato called for but also added green onions. It came out with lots of flavor and I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for sharing.