I’m taking a quick break from all things Thanksgiving. I have to avoid overloading myself with Thanksgiving flavors before the actual day so I will still appreciate and actually want to eat them.
This meal was the perfect way to temporarily stray from sage, rosemary, potatoes, brussels sprouts, and lots of meatless loafing. It was incredibly comforting and flavorful and perfect for a freezing cold Friday night spent swaddled in a blanket watching movies.
How do you all spend your Thanksgivings? Is every year the same? When I was growing up it was always at my grandparents house (mom’s side). We would drive in from Michigan for Thanksgiving and then when we moved to Cleveland we were only 5 minutes away. As my grandparents got older Thanksgiving shifted to our house. I came back every single year from college for Thanksgiving and couldn’t bear the thought of not being home for that holiday.
Since moving to Colorado, we’ve gotten to enjoy the company of our friends for Thanksgiving. We’re going on our sixth “Friendsgiving” this year, and I can’t even really put into words how much I love it. I definitely still miss my family like crazy, but celebrating this holiday with friends is pretty special. It’s an all day affair with at least 15 friends and some of the best Thanksgiving food you’ve ever tasted. Our friends who host not only cook a ton of the food, they also brew 2 special beers for the day (super talented brewers!). This year they’re brewing a Pumpkin Oktoberfest/Marzen and a Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Yes please!
There are an ample amount of veg-friendly + gluten-free dishes, whish is always so nice. And speaking of poblanos, last year I actually brought this poblano cornbread stuffing and everyone raved. I typically go pretty traditional with the stuffing so I had to bring two and eat some of each. Stuffing is my favorite.
This year I’m definitely bringing my recent easy vegan gravy, some kind of stuffing, and I haven’t decided what else! Definitely a dessert that I have yet to come up with.
I can’t get over how the roasted flavors in this dish pair with the creaminess and mild flavors of the polenta.
And I could definitely see putting an egg on top.
Polenta Stuffed Poblanos gluten-free // yields 4 med/lg stuffed poblanos
polenta + peppers:
- 1 cup polenta grits, plus water
- 4 med/lg poblano peppers
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup frozen corn
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided
tomato adobo sauce:
- 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 2-4 chipotle adobo peppers, seeds removed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
For the sauce: Puree half of the tomatoes, the onion, 2 peppers, garlic, cumin, and 1/2t salt in a blender. Taste and add more peppers if desired for spice. Place a saucepan over medium with 2t oil. Once hot, pour in the sauce and remaining tomatoes. Bring to a simmer with a lid ajar. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes while you cook the polenta. Stir occasionally. Taste and add more salt if needed.
Cook polenta according to package directions with water only (no broth) and omit any butter/oil they specify. About 30 minutes.
While the polenta cooks, preheat your oven to broil. Broil peppers for a few minutes until charred and bubbly. Flip and repeat once more. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Slice lengthwise on one side and peel back the sides from the stem end. Drain liquid and remove all seeds. Set aside.
In a small pan heat 1/2 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Cook the corn for about 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant. Set aside.
When the polenta is finished cooking stir in the corn mixture, 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 – 3/4 cup cheddar cheese. Stir until melted. Add more water as needed (2-3 tablespoons at a time) for a creamier polenta texture. Taste and add more salt if desired.
Pour about half of the sauce in the bottom of a baking dish. Stuff peppers with polenta and place over the sauce. Top with more remaining grated cheese and broil for a few minutes until bubbly. Serve hot with extra sauce on the side.
If using quick cooking polenta the order of cooking things will change. If you don’t want the spice from the adobo peppers or can’t find them (ethnic aisle in a small can) blend in 1-2 jarred roasted red peppers instead.
To make vegan omit cheese and use 3:1 ratio of water to non-dairy unsweetened milk for a creamier consistency. Stir in 1/4-1/3 cup of vegan parmesan or 3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast if desired.
Any dessert recipes you’re looking for?
Also! The winners from the Boulder Organic! soup giveaway are:
grand prize: Caitlin C.
runners up: Caroline C. + Jeanne
The winners have been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered!!