Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sausage and Kale Sauté with Polenta

This recipe was mailed to me by Cooking Light.  I haven't tried polenta in about 10-12 years, so I decided maybe it was time to retry it.  D said ok.

That led to the issue of where to find polenta.  We both thought tubes were sold in the produce refrigerated section at the Kroger.  It wasn't. Or with the gourmet cheese and hummus.  It seemed it wasn't anywhere to be found.  On Facebook, there were a lot of Italian Section suggestions...it kind of made me laugh, because our Kroger doesn't have an Italian section, unless you are counting pasta and sauce.  The "fancy" Krogers intown sell San Marzano Tomatoes and tomato paste in a tube, but that's about it.  At the 3rd Kroger I decided I wasn't leaving until I found this stuff.  Surely, I wasn't the only person in Atlanta who wanted the Kroger to sell polenta in a tube. It is in the Organic Shelf Section with the Mac and Cheese boxes, on the bottom shelf (I have since found it in the same place at the first 2 Krogers).  There you go.

So back to the review.

It turns out that if you add sausage to anything, it tastes good.  D thought it needed more kale, I thought the kale needed to be cooked a little more, but both of us liked it. And the polenta was good too.   We would have again.  We had with a Caesar Salad.

Sausage and Kale Sauté with Polenta

Photo by ALB

Leftovers from this one-dish hit make for an easy, delicious breakfast--simply reheat and top with an over-easy egg.

Yield: Serves 4 (serving size: 2 polenta slices and about 3/4 cup sausage mixture)

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces sweet pork Italian sausage, casings removed
8 ounces prepared polenta, cut into 8 (1/2-inch-thick) slices (more like 19 oz to get 8 1/2-inch slices)
6 ounces prechopped kale
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as Dell'Amore)
2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces

1. Preheat broiler to high.

2. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes, stirring. Remove sausage. Add polenta to pan; cook 5 minutes. Remove polenta. Add kale, 1 tablespoon water, and pepper to pan. Cover; cook 2 minutes. Uncover; stir in sausage and marinara. Nestle polenta, browned side up, into sausage mixture; sprinkle with cheese. Broil 2 minutes.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 260; Fat: 16.6 g; Sat fat: 5.7 g; Mono fat: 6.6 g; Poly fat: 1.6 g; Protein: 10 g; Carbohydrate: 18 g; Fiber: 3 g; Cholesterol: 33 mg; Iron: 3 mg; Sodium: 408 mg; Calcium: 79 mg

Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2014

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