Polenta Pie

I’ve had a log of polenta in my fridge for a few months now. It seemed like every recipe that I found used the instant kind and not the roll so to the back of the fridge it moved. Until today. I finally found a yummy sounding recipe and I even had more than half of the ingredients on hand. Funny thing is, I found this recipe in my saved recipes file on my computer. Guess I should have looked there first. I have a little habit of saving too many recipes and then getting so overwhelmed by the choices that I don’t make any of them. Maybe I should stop looking for new ones until I make some of the ones I already have. I have the same problem with cookbooks.

Anyway, I present to you, Polenta Tamale Pie.



I’m pretty sure that this recipe comes from Vegweb. I didn’t exactly have the correct amounts of everything and, oddly enough, what I used worked even though I used the correct amount of some ingredients and less of others.

Polenta Tamale Pie


    1 lb. ground soy meat (I used 12 oz of Quorn)
    1 16 oz. jar salsa (I used 11 oz)
    1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed
    6 oz. (~half a can) vegetable broth (I used 4 oz of some onion soup that I had in the fridge)
    1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (I didn’t use this)
    1 1 lb. roll prepared polenta, sliced into 1/3 thick rounds
    12 oz. soy cheese (I used roughly 6 oz of part-skim mozzarella
    cayenne pepper, ground cumin and garlic salt, to taste
    safflower oil, for sauteing (I sauteed in cooking spray)


Defrost and saute soy meat in a bit of safflower oil for around 5 minutes or until heated through over medium heat.  Add salsa, black beans, broth, cayenne, cumin, garlic salt and half of the cilantro and simmer until mixture thickens.

Oil 9×9 glass baking dish.  Place approximately 1/3 of polenta in bottom of dish.  Cover with 1/3 of soy meat mixture and then 1/3 of soy cheese.  Repeat layering twice more (at least this is what I ended up with – a total of 3 layers), top with remaining cilantro and bake for 40 minutes at 350F.

You may choose to broil for 30 seconds or so in order to crispify top layer of soy cheese.  Serve with a light salad.  Yum.  Very tasty.

Serves: 6

Preparation time: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch She’s Just Not That Into You which I have from Netflix. I heard it’s not that good, but I’ll give it a shot.


3 responses to “Polenta Pie

  1. This looks like a dish we’d make in our house for sure. Great use of black beans!

  2. I have the SAME problem with recipes!! I swear, it’s like an obsession. I really need to go through and weed out the ones I’ll never use (i.e. that have a million ingredients).

    Did you like the movie? I LOVED the book, and I know the movie wasn’t exactly like the book anyway, but I thought the movie was okay. Bradley Cooper is easy on the eyes, at least. 🙂

  3. That looks delish!!!!