Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sausages with Roasted Onion, Tomato and Polenta

Do you ever go through those periods where ingredients just seem to stock pile in your cupboard and you can't for the life of you come up with a use for them? And then all of a sudden you have a real rush on them and basically use your whole supply over the course of a few days?? That happened to me this week.

I have a bag of polenta sitting in the cupboard that has been mocking me for weeks now and to be honest, I had hidden it right up the back so I could no longer see it. All of a sudden this week I needed it to go with these sausages for dinner Monday night and I needed it for dinner Tuesday night - is it international polenta week and no one told me?! Never mind, with this dish we showed that bag of polenta who's boss!

Sausages with roasted onion, tomato and polenta
Serves 2

You will need:
1 tbspn oil
1 onion (diced)
2 tspns crushed garlic
200g tomatoes (diced)
4 thick beef sausages (or you could use any type of sausages - vegetarian, pork, veal etc)
Salt and Pepper
2 cups beef stock
100g polenta
1/2 cup grated cheese or 50g parmesan (whichever you prefer)
1 tbspn butter

Pre-heat oven to 190C.

Add oil, onion and garlic to a roasting pan and place in the oven for 3-5 minutes.

Add the tomato and season with salt and pepper. Roast for a further 10-12 minutes until the tomato starts to break down.

Add the sausages and nestle them down into the tomato sauce. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes or until the sausages are cooked.

When you add the sausages to the roasting pan, get started on your polenta - throw the stock and polenta into a medium saucepan over medium heat, bringing to the boil. You will need to stir the polenta continuously with a wooden spoon, it will get an attitude and start to spit if you don't keep stirring it! Once the liquid is all absorbed and the polenta is smoother and creamy, stir through the cheese and butter and set aside.

Serve sausages on a bed of polenta with a generous amount of the roasted onion and tomato sauce.

This is a really nice easy, modern and tasty take on your average 'bangers and mash' dinner and perfect for those cold winters nights!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Mrs B xx

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