Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: Just Another Meatless Monday Jalapeño Popper Polenta


Just Another Meatless Monday Jalapeño Popper Polenta

Hey What's For Dinner

Hello yum! This polenta was a nice mix of comfort food and deli junk food all rolled into cheesy spicy deliciousness. Seriously righteous comfort junk food. I needed a good dose of comfort food last week and this was a great way to get it. Make sure if you are using instant potato flakes on the top they are indeed flakes and not potato buds, those are a lumpy disappointment for a topping.

 Jalapeño Popper Polenta

3 jalapeño peppers
3 poblanos-or more jalapeños if you like that much spice
8 cups water
2 cups dry medium grit polenta
2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup of cream cheese
2 cups  shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup instant potato flakes or cracker crumbs

turn the oven to broil
wash the peppers and place on a baking sheet
place under the broiler
broil for 3-4 minutes or until the peppers start to get black, turn
keep turning and broiling until blackened on all sides
when the peppers are blackened remove from the oven and place in a paper sack
reduce heat in the oven to 350˚
meanwhile bring the water to a boil and whisk in the polenta
reduce heat, cover and cook gently for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally
when the polenta is done remove from the heat and stir in the cream cheese
when the peppers are cool rub vigorously to remove the charred skin
remove the seeds and stems and slice the peppers, cover until ready to use
when the polenta AND the peppers are done it's time to assemble and bake
lightly grease or butter a 9x13 baking dish
pour in the polenta
stir in the  1 1/2 cups of  the shredded cheese and the roasted peppers
sprinkle the last of the cheese on top and top with the potato flakes or cracker crumbs
bake in a 350˚ oven for 1/2 an hour then broil briefly if needed to brown up the top

A couple of notes here
  •  first canned peppers can be substituted but I like the taste of freshly roasted myself
  • second you may need to whisk in more water to the polenta if it seems dry, you really want to cook it on low so the water doesn't all just cook out
  • if the polenta is lumpy add a small amount of water and whisk
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  Peace and Love--



  1. Hello everyone!
    I hope you don't mind me leaving a sweet recipe - i Promise it's meat free! I'm linking up to my Simple Cookie recipe which has 3 flavour variations, and can be frozen for the days when you can't be bothered to start from scratch!
    Enjoy, and have a great week
    Janie x

  2. Good morning! This week I shared a recipe for Spicy Potato Wedges.


    Thanks for hosting!

  3. That polenta sounds great! I can't wait to try it.

  4. What a comforting and delicious autumn dinner! I love the sound of your Jalapeño Popper Polenta. This week I've shared my Sweet Potato Loaf. Thank you for hosting.

  5. Oh, that looks AMAZING! :) I'm working on a batch of kale chips right now, gotta join this link-up when I post my "Kale Chips Three Ways" post next week.


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