Polenta Strata

By • November 24, 2011 • 19 Comments

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Author Notes: There are a number of ways to serve polenta; this is an alternative to bread strata and a recipe that was inspired out of my mission to use up the leftover polenta and garden fresh roasted Anaheim peppers.

Strata is a layered comfort food casserole that is made with cheese, eggs, and with this recipe in addition to polenta, roasted Anaheim and a homemade salsa (below) but your favorite store bought will work just fine. I have easily adapted spinach, kale and even broccoli when our roasted peppers are no longer available.

This recipe requires a sit of anywhere between one hour to overnight, allowing the flavors to absorb before baking. It is served warm, most commonly for brunch, but makes a nice side dish, too!
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Makes one 8 inch square baking dish – can easily be doubled

STRATA

  • 1-3/4 cup cubed leftover polenta
  • 1 cup sliced roasted Anaheim peppers, or your choice of pepper
  • 3/4 to 1 cup salsa –- recipe below or your favorite store bought.
  • 1-1/4 cup shredded cheddar and a jack cheese mixture; set aside 1/2 cup for topping
  • 3 large beaten eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the pan with butter or cooking spray.
  3. Add ingredients in layers to the pan; beginning with Polenta.
  4. Add roasted peppers.
  5. Spoon in the salsa; making sure it soaks down and throughout.
  6. Add 3/4 cup of the cheese mixture; making sure it is mixed throughout.
  7. Pour beaten egg over the top; let it soak down and throughout.
  8. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly.
  9. Add the last 1/2 cup of cheese and bake 10 more minutes.
  10. Let the strata sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting into.

SALSA

  • 1/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely chopped juicy tomatoes
  • 1 whole jalapeno, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cilantro, or Italian parsley, if you prefer - chopped
  1. Combine all ingredients together.
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6 months ago robin lewis

i bet it's even better w/the actual anaheim peppers. next time i won't be so lazy!

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6 months ago lapadia

:)

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6 months ago robin lewis

This was delicious! I cheated and used Trader Joe's chunky homemade-looking mild salsa (their refrigerated section) and their fire roasted red peppers (jarred), and two logs of ready-made polenta (I doubled the recipe). I made it the night before. Served it as a vegetarian option (main dinner was turkey chili). Perfect as a breakfast dish, too (had the leftovers this a.m.). Yum. Will definitely keep this recipe, and maybe one day will make my own polenta and salsa. Thanks!

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6 months ago lapadia

Hi Robin! So happy to hear back and thrilled you found the recipe a keeper :). Love your tweaks; at times I have also used some of the same TJ items mentioned, they are good products to use.

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6 months ago robin lewis

woops, never mind! i hadn't read all of the author's notes. i can make it the night before!

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6 months ago lapadia

Hi! Would love to hear back once you have made this :)

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6 months ago robin lewis

any make-ahead suggestions? thanks.

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over 1 year ago QueenSashy

I love this. My grandmother used to make a similar dish, she would also add ham and cornichons. An instant save!

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Wow, thanks QS! This dish is versatile and your grandmother has an interesting flavor combo!

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over 1 year ago Lucia from Madison

This sounds so good!

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Thanks so much, LM!

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over 1 year ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

You had me at polenta!

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Yes! I ♥ polenta!

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over 1 year ago lapadia

I HEART polenta!

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over 1 year ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

I'm a great scavenger, so leftovers are among my favorites.

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almost 3 years ago gingerroot

This sounds fabulous, Lapadia! Can't wait to try it.

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Hi GR! Thanks...I love how this dish adapts to whatever veggie you have available, would love to hear back when you try it :)

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Love the idea of polenta in place of bread!

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

Thanks! This is a comfort food dish, great for breakfast/brunch and even a great dinner side...