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Cheddar Green Chile Polenta

Recipe By Adapted from Lefty Spoon blog by Debi Welter

Prep Time

2 Minutes

Cooking Time

10 Minutes

Recipe By Adapted from Lefty Spoon blog by Debi Welter

A cheesy Hatch polenta that's the perfect side for grilled or blackened meats.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with extra shredded cheese, Blackened Chicken or shrimp, sliced steak, sausage, or eggs.

Recipe Notes

This dish has a medium heat. Adjust the Hatch Green Chile Powder based on your heat tolerance. This recipe was adapted from the Instant Pot Polenta recipe on LeftySpoon.com.

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. butter


2 each *4 cups chicken or vegetable stock

0.5 tsp. Kosher Salt

1 cups polenta or coarsely ground cornmeal

1.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Hatch Green Chile Powder

    Enjoy the authentic flavor of Hatch Green Chiles year-round with our Hatch Green Chile Powder. Picked before ripening to red, the chiles are dehydr...

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  • Black Lampong Peppercorn

    Lampong peppercorns are cultivated in Indonesia and picked immediately after they ripen. Because they are not allowed to mature on the vine these p...

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Directions

Traditional method: Melt butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add Hatch Green Chile Powder and toast for 1 to 2 min., stirring constantly. Pour in stock and salt and bring liquid to a boil. Whisk in polenta and bring back to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 min., or until polenta has thickened and is no longer gritty. Stir in cheddar cheese and ground black pepper to taste. 

Instant Pot method: Set Instant Pot to Saute and add butter. When melted, stir in Hatch Green Chile Powder and toast for 1 to 2 min., stirring constantly. Pour in stock and salt and bring liquid to a boil. Whisk in polenta, then put the lid on the Instant Pot, lock, and set to Porridge for 8 min. After cooking, let pressure release naturally, about 10 min. Whisk polenta thoroughly. Stir in cheddar cheese and ground black pepper to taste.