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

ingredients
Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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!

polenta-cooking

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: Breakfast Bake Duo

Breakfast Bake Duo

We hosted a brunch this past weekend, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try out both the new oven and these two recipes my aunt passed along. Whenever she hosts a family gathering, you can bet that one morning will feature a tasty breakfast casserole. So I asked her for her recipe, and she sent it over, along with another one she thought I’d find yummy from some distant relation in the family. She was right. And the friends I had over for Brunch Test Kitchen agreed. In fact, there was no clear preference between these two, even though […]

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