Sunday, February 3, 2008

There's a First Time for Everything

Can you believe that I have never eaten polenta? I love Italian food, but I have never tried it! I found this recipe in "Real Simple" magazine and the picture was what sold me. It looked very yummy, so I thought I would give it a try.

I bought the polenta that was already made in a tube. The grocery store had three different kinds, but I opted for plain since I have never had it before. I will definitely be making it again! I thought it was really delicious. My husband used to date an Italian girl, so he is not a newcomer to polenta.

I didn't have any white wine on hand, so I used chicken stock instead. I bet the wine would have tasted better, but the chicken stock worked well. Wine doesn't last long in our house, ahem.
Enjoy this tasty recipe!

Sausage and Peppers with Crispy Polenta
from "Real Simple" magazine February 2008

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage
2 medium onions, cut into wedges
salt and pepper
2 small red bell peppers, seeded and sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2/3 cup dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
6 sprigs thyme
1 pound store-bought cooked polenta, sliced into thick rounds

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the saugsage and cook, turning once, until it starts to brown, 5 minutes. Add the onions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add the bell peppers and garlic and cook until they are just soft, about 4 minutes. Stir in the wine and thyme.

3. Transfer the skillet to oven. Roast until the sausage is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

4. Heat the remaining oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the polenta in batches, turning once, until golden brown.

5. Place the polenta on a platter. Spoon the sausage, vegetables, and pan juices over the top. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.