Tomato' n' Beef Casserole with Polenta Crust

Reprinted from the book Feel Good Food by Southern Living. Copyright 2013 by Time Home Entertainment Inc. Published by Oxmoor House, a division of Time Home Entertainment Inc.

Tomato' n' Beef Casserole with Polenta Crust

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    Ingredients

    1 teaspoon salt 1 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced
    1 cup plain yellow cornmeal 1 tablespoon olive oil
    1/2 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning 2 (14 1/2-oz.) cans petite diced tomatoes, drained
    1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
    1 pound ground chuck 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    1 cup chopped onion

    directions

    Prep: 20 min Total:
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    • 1

      Preheat oven to 350°. Bring 3 cups water and 1 tsp. salt to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in cornmeal; reduce heat to low, and simmer, whisking constantly, 3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat, and stir in steak seasoning and 1⁄4 cup Cheddar cheese. Spread cornmeal mixture into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish. 

    • 2

      Brown ground chuck in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 10 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain and transfer to a bowl.

    • 3

      Sauté onion and zucchini in hot oil in skillet over medium heat 5 minutes or until crisp-tender. Stir in beef, tomatoes, and tomato paste; simmer, stirring often, 10 minutes. Pour beef mixture over cornmeal crust. Sprinkle with remaining 3⁄4 cup cheese.

    • 4

      Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle casserole with parsley just before serving.

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