This unique side tastes somewhat like a tamale. Serve with grilled chicken or fish.
1 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups chopped firm green tomato (about 2 large)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup (3 ounces) crumbled queso fresco
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°.
To prepare polenta, combine first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Gradually stir in cornmeal, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Spread mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.
To prepare tomatoes, heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomato and the next 5 ingredients (through garlic); sauté 6 minutes or until tomato is tender. Remove from heat; stir in chopped cilantro. Spoon tomato mixture over polenta; sprinkle with cheeses. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.
I have been making this for years. To make it a bit easier, I use canned red tomatoes infused with garlic. I also use twice as much cumin, and mix the tomatoes with the polenta. I also mix in a 1/4 cup cheese in the main mixture. The dish is very colorful with the red/green color scheme. Tastes like a healthier version of a tamale. Served with a tilapia filet breaded with fiber one cereal, spices and grated parmesan. This is really tasty with any protein main dish!! Buen Provecho!!!
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