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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