When I think of “mais moulin” (creole translation), polenta or cornmeal, I always think of my father. He made “mais moulin” at least 1-2 times week, either for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and it was always delicious. He would add tomato paste to it, which gave it this distinctive red-orangey color. Also, he would always add too much oil! Hahaha!!! That reminds me of the numerous time we would complain and the number of excuses he had.
Cornmeal is versatile and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Including with beans, vegetables, different sauces even. But my favorite way to eat mais moulin is how my dad always made it, red! And by the way, with less oil. LOL… I can hear him now from heaven telling me that more oil will make it tastier. LOL…
Hope you enjoy this recipe from my childhood. It is super simple and is great when you don’t want to be in the kitchen all day. Recipes like this are great especially if you have a busy schedule like me and want to eat a comforting meal.
I have tweaked the recipe a bit, adding more herbs, dried shrimp powder which you can found at your local farmer’s market or Mexican market and less oil of course. If you can’t find the powdered one, at the Asian market they have these spectacular jars of tiny salted shrimp, that will give this dish a nice distinct flavor as well. Just make sure not to add too much. As always feel free to tweak this recipe to your liking, get creative.