This is such a wonderful recipe to make for entertaining. Make everything ahead, heat and then assemble after your quest arrive. This is an appetizer, I have made for years. I will use the grilled polenta with other recipes. I do hope you enjoy this recipe. I had SunSet Farm Brand out of Valdosta, Georgia send me a box of their artisan sausages. They are great if you are ever in that area try them or you can mail order them.
Grilled Polenta with Spicy Marinara and Sausage
3 cups chicken stock
1 cup whole milk
4 tablespoon butter
1 cup slow cooking polenta
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano – Reggiano cheese
In a heavy sauce pot heat the chicken stock, milk and salt. Bring to a low simmer, add the polenta in a thin slow stream whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low and continue to stir every 2 or 3 minutes. the polenta will take about 15 minutes to cook, once it has cooked add the butter and cheese stir in to completely incorporate. Butter and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place polenta in baking sheet spread out evenly, I will use another baking pan to place on top this makes them very uniformed. Place in the refrigerator to chill, once chilled cut into squares.
4 fresh pork sausages – I removed from casing and crumbled
2 tablespoons butter/olive oil
1/2 small vidalla onion
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 – 16 0z jar of plum tomatoes
1 cup dry white wine
1 small bay leaf
1 teaspoon fresh mince basil
1/2 teaspoon oregano
crushed red pepper to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
Sauté the onions in the butter until tender, add the garlic for 30 seconds. Add the wine and deglaze the pan. Add the remain ingredients and cook for an hour or more. Remove the bay leaf.
Grill the polenta on a well oiled grill or place on a well oil griddle. If you do not have either you can broil under a broiler, be mindful it will burn quickly so watch. Once the polenta is grilled and hot spoon over the sausage and sauce. Sprinkle additional fresh basil and cheese.
We like all the different flavors but think the jalepeno was our favorite because we all like our sausage a little on the spicy side. Mr. Fixit was born in Valdosta so I have a liking to any thing from there.
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