Sriracha Blue Chicken Meatloaf with Fried Polenta and Blue Cheese Sauce

Make the polenta loaf the day before. Make the sauce and fry the polenta while the meatloaf is in the oven.

1 pound ground chicken

2 slices fresh bread crumbs

¼ cup minced onions

1 tablespoon minced parsley

¼ cup crumbled blue cheese

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

¼ teaspoon hot paprika

2 teaspoons sriracha sauce

¼ cup  beer

 

Mix all ingredients together and place in a loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes at 350.

 

Polenta Loaf for Frying

1/3 cup corn meal

1/3 cup grits

2 teaspoons Chicken or beef bouillon (with salt)

1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (or to taste)

2 cups water

½ cup finely grated Cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese

1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

Place water in a saucepan and add the cornmeal, grits, bouillon cubes and hot pepper sauce. Turn heat to medium high and when the mixture starts to simmer reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes until the polenta is thick and bubbly. Turn off the heart and stir in the cheese and liquid smoke. Taste and adjust hot sauce or salt if needed. I use a 10 ounce plastic tubular container that I bought some sliced white cheddar in for a mold, it is the perfect size. I put a piece of saran wrap in before I spoon in the warm polenta and then I can just drop out the chilled polenta in saran wrap and slice it up. It looks prettier than the store bought polenta, it tastes better and browns much nicer. I like to use my cast iron pan for these but any good skillet will work just make sure you get the oil ice and hot before adding the polenta slices and I find olive or peanut oil works best for frying these as these oils have a nice flavor to add to the polenta.

Sriracha Blue Cheese Sauce

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons flour

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sriracha sauce

1 cup milk

½ cup crumbled blue cheese

Heat butter and when melted add flour and mix thoroughly. Add salt, sauce and milk and heat over medium heat until sauce thickens. Add blue cheese and stir until cheese melts.

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