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Sauteed Polenta Squares With Italian Sausage Sauce

Sauteed Polenta Squares With Italian Sausage Sauce
Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

I cheated last week and learned an interesting lesson. It was a weeknight, and I was in a hurry to get dinner on the table. My planned menu was soft polenta with grilled vegetables and Italian sausages. As I opened ... Read more

Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 4
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, crumbled
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large stalk celery, leaves removed, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 1 pan chilled cooked polenta, cut into 8 squares
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Step 1Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium heat, swirling oil to coat pan. Add sausage and saute until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer to plate using slotted spoon; set aside.

Step 2Drain fat from skillet. Add 2 tablespoons oil, and saute onion, celery and carrot over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with juice. Stir to combine, then simmer, uncovered, until sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes.

Step 3Meanwhile, heat 12-inch skillet or stove-top grill pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil and fry polenta squares until lightly browned on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes. Do not crowd pan; fry in 2 batches, if necessary. Place on baking sheet and keep warm in 275-degree oven until sauce is done.

Step 4Add sausage and parsley to sauce. Stir to combine and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. Taste sauce and add salt and pepper, if desired. Place 2 squares polenta, slightly overlapping, on each plate. Spoon generous amount of sauce over and serve immediately.


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