Turkey And Polenta Bake
Posted by terrepruitt on September 24, 2015
On one of the hottest days of the year, I decided to turn on the oven. Not only that, but I had to turn on the stove first. Sometimes whatever I am making requires one or the other, but this time, I needed both. And it was soooo hot. But this turned out to be pretty good. I can see myself making it again. I liked it.
olive oil, about 1 tablespoon
1 lb ground turkey
1 package taco seasoning*
1 package polenta
large handful of cherry tomatoes
3 cups shredded cheese
Heat the oven to 350° F.
Heat the olive oil in a pan on the stove. Then cook the onion. Then put the turkey in the pan. Let the turkey cook a bit, then add the taco seasoning. You can follow the directions on the package or just sprinkle it all around and cook the meat like that. That is what I do. I don’t add water and all that. Remember that the meat is going to get some additional cooking time in the oven so you might want to under cook it just a tad. But you do what makes you feel comfortable.
While the meat is cooking brush some olive oil in a baking dish. Slice the polenta into rounds. About 1/4 of an inch thick or so. Line the bottom of your baking dish with the polenta rounds. Put the pan in the oven to get the polenta cooking. You can cook it about 10 or 15 minutes or just as long as it takes for the meat to cook.
Slice the tomatoes in half.
When the turkey is ready to your liking, spread it evenly over the polenta rounds in the baking dish. Top the meat with the tomatoes. Just spread them out a bit. Then sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top. Bake until the cheese bubbles, for between 20 and 30 minutes.
I used a really heavy pan when I did this so my cooking times were a bit different and all over the place, but next time I am going to use a less heavy pan and hopefully the polenta will get a little more cooked.
This is one of those recipes (well, I guess all recipes are, but this one especially) that you can play with. You could use ground beef. You could put in green or red peppers. Maybe some corn or salsa? Anything goes, I think. I am going to add some bell peppers the next time I cook it.
This last picture is to somewhat show you the layer of sliced polenta.
So, I don’t really care for the ingredients in the package seasoning. And the day after I made this (using a package) a fellow blogger posted a recipe for DYI Taco Seasoning. I have not tried it yet, but can’t imagine why it would be good. So, if you don’t want to use the package and you want to try making your own, perhaps give Crafty Coin’s recipes a try. I was so excited to see a “homemade” taco seasoning I totally didn’t see the “spicy” part. Of course, you know I will be leaving out the “spicy”.
What do you think? Do you like polenta? What do you usually make with it?