February 1, 2010


Polenta Hot Dog Casserole

polenta hot dog casserole - on plate
Recently I bought a whole frozen chicken and put it in my refrigerator when I got home from the store.  Two days later I expected it to be thawed and had planned on roasting it for dinner.  About 4 p.m. I realized it was still very frozen because I had it in the back of the bottom shelf where it was very cold.  That meant I had to get creative and come up with something.  It was a perfect night to create a casserole!

First, I took stock of what I had that could be used for different parts of a casserole.  Then I decided to get one of my kids involved.  I told him what I was doing and let him help pick the ingredients.  Hence, the hot dogs.

Polenta Hot Dog Casserole

Drain the tomatoes well, reserving the juice.  Combine the ketchup with the reserved juice.  Slice the polenta into 24 thin slices.  Slice the hot dogs into thin slices.  Grease the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.  Add a few spoonfuls of the tomato juice.  Place 12 of the polenta slices on top.

Polenta Hot Dog - layer 1
Put half the diced tomatoes and half the hot dogs on top of the polenta.  Sprinkle with about half of the remaining juice.

polenta hot dog - layer 2
Put a layer of cheese over everything.  I used cheddar cheese slices for this layer, but shredded cheese for the top.

polenta hot dog - cheese layer
Repeat the layers: polenta, hot dogs & tomatoes, juice, and cheese.  Place the second layer of polenta pretty much over top of where the first layer was so that the slices are above each other.  This makes serving easier.

polenta hot dog - all layers
Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes until hot through.  Serve by using a spatula to lift out a section of polenta slices.

This post is linked to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tasty Tuesday.

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How did it taste?
I love good improvisation! Thanks for linking your post to TMTT.
Theresa ~ You're right. I forgot to put anything about how we liked it. You have to like hot dogs, of course, but we thought it was good. The kids would have preferred tomato sauce to diced tomatoes, but I liked it that way.
You got inventive! I love polenta. I made a hot dog casserole once. Son and I thought it was good, but Mr. GFE only tolerated it. He only likes to eat hot dogs occasionally and in the traditional way. ;-) So, they are usually reserved for Sunday lunch on our camping trips.


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