Posted by: Hil | October 27, 2009

Spicy Polenta Chili Casserole

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Leftovers are the mother of invention, and the sparse contents of my fridge inspired this yummy, comforting casserole.  I bought a log of polenta for one of my dinners this weekend and found myself wondering what to do with the leftovers.  I have no idea how long polenta keeps in the fridge, so I thought it best to use it up as quickly as possible.  So I sliced the polenta into rounds, which I placed in a layer over the bottom of a casserole dish.  I then spread the last, thick remnants of the previous week’s homemade black bean chili over the top, shook on some hot sauce and covered the whole thing with cheese.  I used mostly part-skim mozzarella, which is my favorite gooey, melty cheese, and added a touch of extra sharp white cheddar for flavor.  Queso fresco would probably be a fun variant as well.  I wish I’d had cilantro on hand, but I only had flat leaf parsley in the fridge, so I used some of that as a garnish.  I baked the whole thing at 350 until it was melty and hot and served with extra hot sauce for good measure. 

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Soft, savory, spicy, comforting and very filling.  It was a great quick dinner that I would definitely make again.  Even the Lemonator, who is frequently skeptical of polenta, thought it was tasty.  As an added bonus, it was also extremely cheap and vegetarian. 

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The Lemonator and I had a very full weekend which involved a symposium put on by one of my legal journals and the wedding of one of the Lemonator’s colleagues.  The wedding was a lot of fun:  period dancing, open bar, and plenty of food.  The bride and her family made all of the decorations themselves, as well as the bride’s period wedding gown.

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I was impressed.

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One wall at the wedding was decorated with wedding photos of friends and family, which was a fun.

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To our surprise, the Lemonator and I made it onto the wall…apparently someone found a shot of us that was one facebook and printed it out.

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The wedding gave me an excuse to buy a cute new dress and to dance with the Lemonator, and I got to chat with a teenage cousin of the bride who was thinking of law as a possible career, so I consider the evening a success.

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Responses

  1. Cute pictures! I love polenta so the casserole sounds great. Oh, and the leftovers will keep for about a week.

  2. Thanks, Lu–I’d been wondering!


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