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Suellen Calhoun

Onion Polenta with Spiced Tomato Avocado Salad

Here's what Suellen Calhoun has to say

How did you hear about the contest?

I was searching the web for a recipe and saw the contest advertised.

Why did you enter?

I love a recipe challenge. And only using 8 ingredients helped with that.

Do you volunteer? Any extracurricular activites?

Traveling, foods & wines, getting ready for my 1st grandchild, gardening and NASCAR

Onion Polenta with Spiced Tomato Avocado Salad
COOK TIME 30 min
PREP TIME 10 min


6 oz FRENCH'S® Cheddar French Fried Onions

1/3 cup FRENCH'S® Horseradish Mustard

11/2 cup pre cooked Polenta (dry)

1 lb tomatoes, seeded, cut into ½ inch pieces

2 ripe Avocados, peeled, seeded and cut into ½ inch pieces

1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped

5 tbsp olive oil, divided

2 tbsp sherry vinegar

41/2 cup water

2 tsp salt


In a medium saucepan add water, 1 teaspoon salt; bring to boil. Slowly add polenta to water, whisking continuously until all of polenta is used. Cook for 5 minutes, whisking continuously. Remove polenta from heat and stir in coarsely chopped FRENCH’S Cheddar French Fried Onions. Spoon into a 10 inch pie dish. Let stand for 15-20 minutes to firm. Meanwhile in a large bowl mix tomatoes, avocados, cilantro, 1 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons olive oil, vinegar and FRENCH'S Horseradish Mustard until blended. Set aside. Turn polenta out onto a board. Carefully cut into 6 pieces. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large (10 or12 inch) nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place polenta pieces in hot oil. Brown polenta until golden on each side, about 5 minutes. Remove from skillet and serve browned polenta pieces topped with spiced tomato avocado salad Serves 6

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