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Sweet Italian Sausage And Roasted Vegetables Over Creamy Polenta

 

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My recipe for Sweet Italian Sausage And Roasted Vegetables Over Creamy Polenta is one that brings bold flavors and comfort food together. Isn’t that really what you want to achieve in any dish? There are three components to this dish. Let me explain/show you how I pull this all together.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Equipment: 2 sheet pans, 1 large saucepan, indoor grill pan, grill-pan

Ingredients:
2 pounds (10 links) of sweet Italian sausage, grilled and sliced on the bias
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock (or broth), unsalted
2 cups of zucchini, 1-inch dice
1 red bell pepper, seeded and 1-inch dice
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and 1-inch dice
1 orange bell pepper, seeded and 1-inch dice
1 red onion, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1/2 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Creamy Polenta (recipe below)

Directions For the Sausage:
In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, add 1 1/2 cups of chicken stock. Using a fork, prick all the sausage links on both sides (3 sets on each side) for faster cooking.  Turn the heat to medium-high, place add the links to the saucepan, and cover. Bring the chicken stock up to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, poaching for about 10 minutes, turning them once halfway through the process. Transfer the sausage links onto a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid.

Preheat an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Arrange the links placing a grill-press on top. Grill the sausages for 3 to 5 minutes per side. You may need to do this in two batches. Once the links all have nice grill marks, transfer to a cutting board and slice on the bias. Set aside.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Place the vegetables, minced garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper into a large bowl. Toss to combine. Pour the vegetables onto two sheet pans, spread out evenly into one layer ( this way they will roast and not steam!). Roast for 30 to 40 minutes, tossing occasionally until the vegetables are tender and begin to brown.

Adjust oven temperature to 350-degrees F.
Add the slices of grilled Italian sausage, to the pans, with the roasted veggies, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Ingredients For Creamy Parmesan Polenta:
3 cups of chicken stock, unsalted
3 cups half-and-half
1 tablespoon of garlic, freshly grated
1 1/2 cups stone-ground cornmeal
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
1/2 cups Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
3 tablespoons of room temperature unsalted butter, diced

Directions For Creamy Polenta:
Combine the chicken stock, half-and-half, and garlic in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and very slowly add the cornmeal, whisking continuously to make sure there are no lumps.

Switch to a wooden spoon, add 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons pepper, and simmer over very low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick. (cooking time may vary slightly). Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pan thoroughly while stirring. Off the heat add the Mascarpone, Parmesan cheese, and butter. Taste for seasoning.

Transfer all veggies and sausage to a large bowl, add Italian flat-leaf parsley and toss. Serve over hot creamy Polenta. There you have it my Sweet Italian Sausage And Roasted Vegetables Over Creamy Polenta.

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Stuffing Muffins

 

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My Stuffing Muffins are a twist on a traditional dish. Family and friends are always amazed when they see these on the table.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 12 muffins
Equipment: 1 (12-inch) sauté pan, 1 (12-cup) muffin-tin pan, 1 small mixing bowl, 2 medium-size mixing bowls, 1 large mixing bowl, chef’s knife, large ice cream scoop, mini food processor, rubber spatula

Ingredients:
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
2 tablespoon of olive oil
1 stick of butter, unsalted
4 ribs of celery, diced
1 sweet onion, chopped
1/2 cup of golden raisins
2 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
3 large eggs, beaten (cage-free)
3/4 cup of Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1-quart of chicken stock, unsalted
1 sprig plus 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, roughly chopped
1/4 cup of Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
8 cups of Ciabatta bread, cubed
1-quart of chicken stock, unsalted

Directions For The Oven Bake Method.
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Start by evenly dividing the bread cubes out onto two rimmed baking sheet pans. Add olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, toss to evenly coat the bread cubes. Spread the bread cubes evenly into a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes turning them once halfway through the cooking process to make sure they brown evenly. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Set aside to cool.

Directions:
Adjust oven temperature to 375-degrees F.
Start by spraying a muffin-tin pan with a buttered flavored non-stick cooking spray.

Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 sprig of rosemary, and sausage. Using a wooden spoon break the sausage apart and cook until no longer pink and brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the excess fat completely, transfer to a medium-size mixing bowl. Allow to cool and set aside.

In the same sautè pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 4 tablespoons of butter. While the butter is melting add 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped sage leaves. Add the diced onions, and celery. Add Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, golden raisins, and poultry seasoning. Stirring frequently, cook for 5 to 6 minutes until the vegetables soften. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

In a medium-size mixing bowl add the eggs, dried oregano, 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper, 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary, 1 tablespoon sage leaves, thyme, and flat-leaf Italian parsley. Whisk to combine.

Add the cooled veggies and cooked sausage to the bowl containing the croutons. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix to combine. Finally, slowly pour the chicken broth over all the ingredients, allowing all the bread cubes to absorb the liquid. Gently continually stirring as you add the liquid. There will most likely be extra liquid in the bowl and will be absorbed during the baking process.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out a large helping, of the stuffing, into the muffin tins. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until set and crisp on top. Keep a close eye on them as they cook, time may vary slightly.

To serve, carefully remove the Stuffing Muffins arranging them on a large serving platter and serve hot or at room temperature.

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Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella, And Basil

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Sweet Italian Sausage, Mozzarella, and Basil Over Pappardelle

Great quality ingredients are what make this pasta dish delicious. A good white wine, unsalted chicken stock, and the pasta cooking liquid are what pull the sauce together for this dish. It’s really just about keeping it simple. This is my Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella, And Basil.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: small sauté pan with a glass lid, indoor grill pan, a rondeau (deep-sided frying/braising pan), 6-quart saucepot, colander, heavy grill press

Ingredients:
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage grilled and sliced
1 pound of Pappardelle
8 ounces of fresh Mozzarella (1-inch cube dice)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 leek, (about 1 cup) cleaned and thinly sliced into half-moons
1/2 cup of red onion, finely diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup, each, of red, yellow, and orange bell peppers finely diced
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 cup white wine, Pino Grigio
1 1/2 cups of chicken stock, unsalted
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
Prep all the vegetables first. Clean and slice the leeks, finely dice the red onion, bell peppers, and mince the garlic. Transfer all the vegetables to a large plate and set aside.

Prep the fresh herbs and dice the fresh Mozzarella cheese into 1-inch cubes. Transfer into 2 small bowls. Set aside.

To prepare the sausage, prick each of the links with a fork approx. three times on each side. Place the links into a small sauté pan. Cover with 1/2 cup of unsalted chicken broth. Turn the heat to medium-high and cover. Poach the sausage links in the broth for about 10 minutes or until links are no longer pink and the internal temperature reads 150-degrees F.

Transfer the sausage links to a plate. Preheat an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Arrange all the sausage links on the grill pan. Place a grill press over the links to ensure even grilling. Grill for 2 to 3 minutes, per side. Once all the links have grill marks on both sides transfer the links again to a plate. Carefully remove the hot grill pan from the stovetop. Slice the grilled links on a bias and transfer to a bowl.

In a preheated large rondeau (deep-sided frying/braising pan) over medium-high heat, add in the olive oil, dried oregano, fennel seeds, and crushed red pepper flakes. Add the sliced leeks to the pan stirring frequently. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until soft.

Next, add in the diced red onion and bell peppers. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Continue cooking for 3 to 5 minutes or until all the veggies soften. Finally, add the minced garlic, stir through and cook for 1 minute more.

Have a pot of salted boiling water ready on the back burner.

Add white wine, unsalted chicken stock, and grilled sliced sausage. Bring everything up to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, simmer for another 10 minutes.

In the meantime, drop the pasta. Cook the pasta, to al dente, following the instructions on the package, usually about 10 minutes.

Once the pasta is al dente, using a pair of tongs transfer the pasta to the pan containing the grilled sausage and vegetables. Toss the pasta through. The pasta may absorb most of the liquid. If this is the case, add 1 or 2 ladles of the starchy pasta cooking liquid and toss. Turn the heat off, and transfer to a large serving platter. Add the diced fresh mozzarella basil leaves, and finely chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

There you have it, Pappardelle With Sweet Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella, And Basil.

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