Polenta with BBQ Turkey

Polenta with BBQ Turkey
Servings: 5 Slow Cook 1 hr to 2 hrs


  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups polenta (not instant)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup barbeque sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

Make It

1. In a slow cooker, combine the first four ingredients. While stirring, pour in the polenta in a slow, steady stream.

2. Cover and cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours or low for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. There is no need to stir during this time.

3. About 20 minutes before the polenta is done, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the paprika and cumin and saute for 30 seconds. Add the turkey and saute, breaking up any large clumps, until the meat starts to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the onion, red pepper, and corn, and saute until soft, about 7 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of water to deglaze the pan, then stir in the barbecue sauce. Season with salt and pepper as needed. Cover and set aside.

4. Stir the cheese into the polenta, then taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed.

5. To serve, spoon the polenta onto plates and top with the turkey mixture.