Calabacitas Casserole with Polenta and Cheese Recipe

Calabacitas Casserole with Polenta and Cheese

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  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups corn kernels, defrosted
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 green chili pepper seeded and chopped or, 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  • 2 small to medium zucchini, diced
  • 1 small to medium yellow squash
  • 1 large yellow skinned onion, chopped
  • 1(14-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons dark chili powder, just over 1/2 a palm full
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (16-ounce) tubes prepared polenta
  • 2 cups, 10 ounces, shredded Monterey Jack, available on the dairy aisle in pouches
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves or flat-leaf parsley

How to make Calabacitas Casserole with Polenta and Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.

3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, corn, garlic and chiles. Saute 3 minutes.

4. Add zucchini and yellow squash and onions, season with salt and pepper, chili powder. Cook 7 to 8 minutes.

5. Add stewed tomatoes and heat through. Transfer to baking dish.

6. Cut 1 tube of polenta in 1/2-inch slices lengthwise.

7. Top vegetables with polenta and cheese.

8. Place in hot oven to melt cheese and warm polenta, 8 to 10 minutes.

9. Garnish with chopped scallions and cilantro or flat-leaf parsley.

Question from the Chef

“What's your favourite way to cook with squash?”

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