Recipe: Easy Autumn Polenta Bake

Easy Autumn Polenta Bake

This post originally appeared as a guest post on The Crafty Side of Sarcasm.

I was telling my mom about this recipe, and she was like polenta-what? It’s an ingredient that isn’t super widely known unless you’re Italian, but is becoming more popular. Polenta is a cornmeal based substitute for pasta, rice or potatoes. It’s got a mild corn flavor, and is much more palatable than grits. This recipe is one of the most fail-proof ways to ease yourself in to using polenta in your cooking. It’s a simple chop-toss-and-bake, but is super tasty. The sausage and apples make it perfect for autumn, too.

Easy Autumn Polenta Bake


  • 1 large honeycrisp apple
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 package chicken apple sausage
  • 1 18oz. tube of prepared polenta (original or flavored – we used sundried tomato garlic)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Cut up everything into bite size chunks.
  2. Toss together in an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan.
  3. Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. Enjoy!


If you want to mix it up, add your own preferred herbs/spices over top. If you want something a little more moist, add just a dash of white wine to the bottom of the baking dish, and cover top with foil before cooking.

What’s your favorite throw-together autumn meal? Have you ever cooked with polenta before?

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Recipe: Creamy Brown Sugar Dip

Creamy Brown Sugar Dip

Here is a really tasty, sweet dip recipe that I got from my mom. It’s a great alternate to caramel or peanut butter for dipping apples in, but could be eaten with lots of other dippable things as well. We recently served this at a brunch (with apple slices), and it was a big hit. And it’s so easy to make! Literally just two ingredients mixed together. Creamy Brown Sugar Dip Ingredients 8oz. cream cheese, softened ½ c. brown sugar, packed With the pictures below, I’m making a double batch, so don’t be alarmed by the proportions. Directions Soften cream […]

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Recipe: Apple Roasted Duck

This is what we made for Easter dinner. The boy got it into his head that he wanted to try cooking duck, so duck is what we cooked. Prior to this, the only time we had cooked with duck was a red wine based stew, and that only need some duck legs, not a whole bird. So this was quite a new venture. Ian loves duck; I generally think it’s just ok. But this turned out tasty and I quite enjoyed it for once. Really, though, the show-stopper was the apple stuffing/dressing – SO good. And for something fancy like […]

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Recipe Guest Post: Caramel Apples

Today I’m turning over the blog to one of my wonderful sponsors this month, Kassi! Her and her sister blog over at Truly Lovely, and today she’s sharing a perfect-for-fall treat. Read on, and then go say hi over at her place or on Twitter!   Hi there! I’m Kassi and I am thrilled to be here guest posting for the lovely Amanda! That’s me on the right. Kayli, on the left, is my sister and together we blog at Truly Lovely. On any given day you might find a craft tutorial, a recipe, a random story… On Fridays you’ll […]

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