Lunch with my friend Jane today. She ordered polenta with some grilled vegetables on top and it looked delicious! My eldest daughter loves cornmeal mush. I had been going to make kielbasa and couscous for dinner but decided to do a polenta instead and concocted some Polenta with Sausage. Polenta or mush? Differences to the elite, perhaps, but not the cheap cooker!
I adapted a recipe from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook to suit my family’s taste and size. First, I used ordinary cornmeal not coarsely ground cornmeal. I left out the onion (though I would have liked it), used a can of mushrooms instead of fresh, used kielbasa instead of Italian sausage, and started with a jar of store-bought marinara sauce. The cornmeal cooked while the sausage browned and then simmered in the sauce. Put the cornmeal/polenta in 9×9 pan and dotted with some Jack cheese. Baked it until the cheese melted. Cut in squares and served with the sausage and sauce (on top for me, on the side for the kids!). Declared a repeat by the kids. And easily made vegetarian by either just leaving out the sausage or adding some extra roast vegetables I think.