I have recently started cooking with polenta, and I have to say, I love it! So easy to whip up, goes with so many things, and makes great leftovers! I'ts also quite inexpensive and one cup of dry polenta makes a whole lot of cooked polenta, so it's great if you are cooking for a family.
This was loosely inspired by a recipe I saw on Pinterest, but, as usual, I just took the general idea and made it my own. Feel free to make it non-vegetarian by sauteeing some chicken with the fajita veggies. I also wish that I had added some salsa verde, so I will probably do that next time!
1 Cup of Polenta (I use Bob's Red Mill Polenta) 3/4 Cup of Half and Half 2 Cups of grated cheddar cheese 2 Poblano Peppers 1 Large Onion, yellow or white 1/2 Stick of Butter 1 Can of Black Beans 1 Large Avocado, or 2 small avocados Red Pepper Flakes Chili Powder
Slice the poblanos and onion into fajita veggie size strips. Heat half of the butter in a medium sautee pan until melted, and then add in your veggies, sauteeing until brown and caramelized. While these are cooking, begin cooking the polenta. This polenta is best with 3 1/2 cups of liquid for every cup of dry polenta. I use 3/4 cup of half and half and the rest water, for a creamier polenta. Bring the liquid and a bit of salt to low boil, and then add in your polenta and turn the heat down to a simmer. Stir a few times, and then cover and let it be. It cooks the rest of the way in about 5 minutes; you'll know it's down when most of the liquid is gone and you have a pudding like consistency polenta. Add the remaining butter to the polenta and let melt. Heat the black beans and season them with the red pepper flakes and chili powder. Mash the avocados and salt to make an easy guacamole.
To assemble the bowls, place the polenta in the bowl, top with cheese, then black beans, then fajita veggies, and top with guacamole. This recipe is not spicy other than a bit of heat from the poblanos, but feel free to add some cayenne to the black beans if you want to spice it up a bit. What I forgot, and wish I had remembered, was to drizzle some salsa verde on top to complete.
Hope you enjoy this! If you make this recipe, please let me know! I would love to hear from you!