Friday, September 19, 2008

Simple Supper: Country Sausage with Peppers and Onions over Fried Polenta

Doesn't get much simpler than this - - a perfect weeknight fall meal with all of the comforts of 'home cooking'! Yes, this recipe involves frying and sausage, so it might not want to be a weekly staple. But it's a great break from grilled chicken!

My grandparents had come back for the Kutztown Market with some fabulous locally-produced sausage; so we tried this Italianized take on classic sausage with peppers. Enjoy!

Country Sausage with Peppers & Onions over Fried Polenta

Cook one package of instant polenta as directed. Pour polenta into 2 mini-loaf pans, top with shredded cheddar cheese and refrigerate until firm.

In a large frying pan, place 1 lb. of fresh sausage, one sweet onion (cut into slices) and one red pepper (cut into strips). Add a few shakes of worcestershire sauce, two minced cloves of garlic, 1 tbps. dried basil and 1 tbsp. dried oregano. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook over high heat until sausage is cooked through. If it looks the sausage is starting to dry out, add a little bit of water to the pan.

In a separate sauce pan, heat up jarred or previously prepared tomato sauce (we're putting up a recipe for homemade sauce, soon!)

In a separate small frying pan, heat 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Slice chilled polenta in 1/2" slices and fry until both sides are golden brown. Place three pieces of polenta on a plate.

Slice sausage into 4" strips. Place one strip of sausage overtop the polenta. Add sauteed peppers and onions. Spoon prepared sauce on top.



Reese and Marie said...

Hi Heather,
I noticed you were following my blog (:blush:) so I am popping over to say hi. I am just sitting here with my mouth agape that you appear to be living one of my dreams, working on a farm?!?! Did I get that right? HOw cool is that? And you have some great recipes here so I will definitely be back!

Thanks for visiting me.

Cynthia said...

Hi Heather, sorry for only now making over to your place.

I have been swamped with stuff. Sorry about that. Thanks for the visit and looking forward to exploring your blog.