Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Creamy Marscapone Polenta

If I could eat this meal everyday I would!! This is total comfort food to me and I love how flavorful it is. It's finally grilling season and one of the first things I like to cook outdoors is Italian sausage. This time it was sausage with fennel, cheese and garlic, a favorite of mine that went into a pot of sauce--but I swiped a few for our lunch yesterday. With carmelized onions, roasted red peppers, fennel and black olives and served it over a bowl of creamy marscapone polenta--pure comfort!

Creamy Marscapone Polenta
Adapted from Emeril Lagasse

* 2 cups water
* 2 cups milk
* 1 cup yellow cornmeal
* 2 ounces Marscapone cheese@ room temperature
* 1/4 c light cream
* sea salt
* white pepper

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the water and milk to a light boil. Slowly stir in the polenta. Cook, stirring constantly, for 15 minutes. Stir in the marscapone cheese. Stir in enough of the cream for a smooth and creamy texture. Season with sea salt and white pepper. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Sausage,Onion,Fennel & Peppers Topping

grilled Italian sausage
roasted red peppers, sliced
1/2 fennel bulb, sliced thin
3 onions, sliced thin
dried oregano, thyme, rosemary
8 kalamata olives, cut in half
marinara sauce
grated parmesan cheese
fresh parsley, minced

In a medium skillet saute onions, fennel in 2 TBLS olive oil. Once golden, add a teaspoon of sugar and toss well. Add the olives and red peppers, cooking until they go limp. Add seasoning and herbs and cook a few minutes more. Add the previously grilled sausage, turn off the heat and keep covered. Once the polenta is ready spoon it out into a bowl topping it with a ladle of marinara sauce and then lastly the sausage, peppers and onions mixture. Sprinkle generously with grated parmesan and minced fresh parsley. Enjoy!


Karen said...

This looks delish! I had baked chicken last night and all day long was looking forward to some polenta to go with it. When it came time to make it, what did I do, but reach into the cupboard and pull out the rice. It wasn't until the rice was cooked that I realized I wanted polenta! Weird. LOL

~~louise~~ said...

Oh this dish brings back memories Jady. Not so much because of the ingredients more for the flavorful times it brings to mind.

Thank you so much for sharing. I must give it a try one day just for ol' times sake:)

Wishing you a Glorious Mother's Day!!!

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Ciao Chow Linda said...

OMG - It doesn't get any better than this. I can only imagine how creamy that polenta must be with the mascarpone.

YankeeSoaper said...

LOL Karen! :-) TY It was yummy!

YankeeSoaper said...

Thanks Louise.. I hope your day was a very special one too!

YankeeSoaper said...

Ciao Chow Linda has left a new comment on your post "Creamy Marscapone Polenta":

OMG - It doesn't get any better than this. I can only imagine how creamy that polenta must be with the mascarpone.

YankeeSoaper said...

Thank you Linda.. I'm sorry?? but apparently Blogger had some hiccups the other day when you posted.. I received your email comment, but it never showed up on the blog--I just re-added it here.

You are so right Linda.. so so creamy & good! It's a major cheat for me on my diet, but what a way to go ;)