Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Another great recipe for fall, our polenta with apple smoked sausage and grapes makes a fast and fabulous addition to every table.

Polenta is Italian corn meal. It is an excellent substitute for pasta, rice or potatoes when you're in the market for a lighter side item that won't weigh you down.

You can buy polenta pre-cooked in vacuum sealed logs, or you can go through the tedious 45 minute process of stirring and cooking polenta from scratch. Since we're constantly pressed for time, we recommend breaking down the log with a mixture of chicken stock and white wine for this recipe.

1 18oz log of pre-cooked polenta
1 cup of chicken stock
1 cup of dry white wine
1 cup of shredded gouda cheese
1 tbsp butter
Salt & pepper to taste
2 cups of halved grapes (we recommend a variety of green and red for presentation's sake)
4 apple smoked sausages sliced

  • Grill the sausages, slice and set them aside under low heat.
  • Add the polenta, chicken stock and white wine to a pan and allow the polenta to break down into a thinner consistency
  • Add the butter and gouda and stir until melted.
  • Add the salt and pepper until the polenta has enough flavor to your liking.
  • Remove the polenta from the heat and stir in the halved grapes and sausage.

Although it sounds fancy and intimidating, this recipe can be put together in a matter of minutes, and should be one of your secret weapons the next time unexpected dinner guests arrive.

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