Cheddar Polenta with Smoked Sausage and Vegetables

Cheddar Polenta with Smoked Sausage and Vegetables

Gloop is not really my favourite dish.

I have to admit, polenta kind of turns into a gloopy substance, but the taste was very good.  The texture was even kind of comforting.  You can evidently add lots of cheese and butter, but I found the butter unnecessary, and not much cheese necessary either.  I decided to opt out of the safer parmesan cheese and try the extra sharp cheddar I had leftover from the Cheddar Edamame Quinoa Bake I made earlier this week.

Preparing the cheddar polenta.
Preparing the cheddar polenta.

The smoked sausage was the perfect complement to the creamy, faintly cheesy polenta.  The vegetables added some desirable crisp and crunchiness to the dish.

turkey smoked sausage and vegetables

I do not know a whole lot about smoked sausage, but I knew it is not a very healthy item.  Fortunately, I found some turkey smoked sausage.  I compared it to the more typical beef smoked sausage and was quite impressed with the difference in the nutritional facts.  A serving of the beef was 190 calories while the same serving of the turkey was a mere 90 calories.  It also had a lot less sodium, so sign me up!  The taste was excellent, and my boyfriend did not even realize that I had snuck a healthier alternative into the dish.

The Recipe

Ingredients

Polenta

1 c vegetable broth

1/4 c yellow cornmeal

1/4 tsp salt

2 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Sausage and Vegetables

7 oz turkey smoked sausage

1/3 c carrots, slivered

1/2 c extra fine green beans, frozen

1/3 c broccoli, frozen

Servings: 2-3

Bring the vegetable broth to a boil over high heat, then stir in the cornmeal and salt.  Reduce the temperature to low, and cover.  Cook for 30-40 minutes to the desired consistency, stirring every 10 minutes or so.   Once it is to the desired consistency, stir in the cheese so it melts.  Serve immediately.  While the polenta is cooking, place the vegetables and smoked sausage in a nonstick pan and fry until the sausage and the vegetables are browned and the vegetables are to the desired tenderness.  Serve over the polenta.  Enjoy!

Dinner is served.
Dinner is served.
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20 thoughts on “Cheddar Polenta with Smoked Sausage and Vegetables

  1. Looks good! I’m a big fan of polenta too but I know the “gloopy” texture can be a little off-putting. Once the polenta is done, you can also put it into a baking dish and bake it then slice it into pieces and it sort of turns out like a softer cornbread. Delicious!

  2. That looks really yummy. I have recently discovered that I love polenta. It makes a great vegetarian side. One of my favorite kinds of cheese to put in polenta is goat cheese. The tangy bite of the cheese pairs wakes up the warm comfy taste of the polenta.

  3. what a great dish–healthy comfort food 🙂 And I love that plate–screams cute vintage. I’m impressed as I so did not cook like you do when I was in college. And I studied food! Love your style.

    1. Well, in my defense, as I am going into my sixth (and final!) year of college, I am older than the typical college student. And the plate is actually my roommate’s–I have gotten many compliments about them. I guess my roommate has good taste. 🙂

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