This spicy polenta recipe makes a delicious and easy side dish. Jalepenos, onion, tomato, green bell pepper and onion are sauteed while the polenta cooks. The polenta is mixed with sharp white cheddar and the fried vegetables are served over top. The contrast between the two is mind-numbing. The spicy hot vegetables with the texture of the cooling , creamy polenta is insanely delicious! If you’ve never eaten polenta – you have to try it! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Spicy Cheddar Polenta
1 cup Polenta
2-3 jalepenos, diced, remove the seeds for milder heat
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
vegetable/canola oil for sauteing
8 ounces shredded or cubed sharp white cheddar
Sea salt and fresh pepper
Cook polenta according to package directions. In the meantime saute the jalapenos, onion, and green pepper in a tablespoon or two of oil in a large saute pan over medium-low heat until tender. Season with salt and pepper. Add the tomato and garlic, saute until garlic is fragrant. When the polenta is cooked add the white cheddar and stir until melted. Remove from heat to a platter or bowl. Top with the sauteed vegetables.