Mexican Polenta-Stuffed Peppers

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Polenta Stuffed Roasted Peppers recipe

Roasted sweet bell peppers stuffed with a corn, cheddar and olive polenta and served with an easy black-bean salsa, all in 45 minutes! 


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  • 5 large bell peppers (green, red, yellow, orange, or a combination)
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil sprinkling of salt
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 cup polenta cornmeal
  • 1½ cups corn kernels
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • 1½ cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped Spanish olives
  • 1 16-ounce jar of your favorite salsa
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
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  1. Preheat the oven to 450°
  2. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds, but leave the stem ends on so the peppers will hold their shape.
  3. Brush the pepper halves with oil, inside and out, and sprinkle lightly with salt.
  4. Place cut-side up on an oiled baking sheet and roast in the oven until tender but still holding their shape, about 15 minutes.
  5. While the peppers roast, in a heavy saucepan, bring the water, salt, and red pepper flakes to a boil.
  6. Add the polenta in a slow, steady stream while whisking; cook on medium heat, stirring often, until thickened.
  7. Stir in the corn, oil or butter, 1 cup of the cheese, and the olives; remove from the heat.
  8. Fill the roasted pepper halves with the polenta mixture.
  9. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining cheese and return to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  10. Meanwhile, combine the salsa, black beans, and cilantro in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.
  11. To serve, spoon some of the black bean salsa on each dinner plate and place one or two pepper halves on top.