You saw awhile back that I made tamales the old fashioned way. Well even though I thought those weren't so bad to make....if you were intimidated at all by that recipe hopefully you will find this even easier for you to try!
Here are a few pictorial steps for you and the full recipe will follow:
Buy your premade polenta from your grocery. Just plain I suggest nothing with prominent flavors.
Cut your polenta in half and take that half and cut into slices to fit you dish you are using. Shown is a 8X4 glass dish. It's usually perfect for a couple (plus 2 extra servings for another dinner or lunches)
Get your chili ready. Here I had some from the freezer that I made plus some added pork tenderloin I wanted to use up.
Put your chili on top of the sliced polenta. Pack down slightly.
Put corn or hominy shown here on top of your chili layer.
Place half of your shredded cheese on top of corn (step not shown) and top with remaining polenta.
Bake for 35 @ 375 degrees and put remaining cheese on top during the last five minutes to melt. Let sit for 10 minutes before cutting to serve.
Top with sliced tomato, sour cream and green onions.
Easy Tamale Pie
1 tube prepared polenta
2 cups chili
1 cup corn (I used hominy today)
1-1/2 cups Pepper Jack or cheddar cheese, grated ( I used 3/4 cups each)
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
Preheat oven to 375.
Spray dish with nonstick spray. Cut your polenta in half and cut the half into slices to fit the pan you are using. Save the remaining half for the top later on.
Layer your chili of choice (either homemade or canned) on top of polenta slices. Put corn/hominy on top of chili. Put half of shredded cheese on top of hominy. Slice second half of hominy and place on top of cheese. Save remaining cheese for later.
Cover and bake for 35-40 until hot and bubbly. Pull out dish 5 minutes before serving and top with remaining cheese. Bake until melted. Remove from oven and let set for 10 minutes.
Cut into portions to serve and top with sliced tomatoes, dollop of sour cream and green onions.
OH the yummy noises I got from this dish...lol. I swear K-man was a hispanic in another life. He absolutely loves anything I make with latin flavors.....Pupusas, chilequiles, enchiladas, tamales, tacos, salsa, guacamole, fajitas, I guess if it's got cumin, chili powder and/or jalapeno he's as happy as a jumping bean!