Polenta and Sausage Pies
Also known as corn grits, polenta pairs well with sausage. Instant polenta makes this dish even easier to put together.
- Makes: 6 servings
- Prep: 30 mins
- Bake: 25 mins 350°F
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease six broilerproof 8- to 10-ounce ramekins; set aside. For filling, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook about 5 minutes or until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.
- Add sweet peppers, onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning to sausage in skillet. Reduce heat to medium; cook for 5 minutes more. Stir in tomatoes, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and black pepper. Cook for 3 minutes more.
- Remove skillet from heat. Stir in the 2 tablespoons instant polenta.
- For polenta mixture, in a medium saucepan bring the water and the 1-1/2 teaspoons salt to boiling. Add the 1-1/3 cups instant polenta to the boiling water in a thin stream, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium; cook and stir polenta about 3 minutes or until medium-soft. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/3 cup of the Parmesan cheese.
- Divide filling among prepared ramekins. Top filling in each ramekin with about 1/2 cup of the polenta mixture. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
- Bake, uncovered, for 25 minutes.
Prepare casseroles as directed through Step 5. Cover with plastic wrap; overwrap with foil. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw casseroles in refrigerator overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover and bake about 25 minutes. (Or prepare as directed through Step 5. Cover with plastic wrap; store in refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Microwave on 100 percent power [high] about 2 minutes or until hot in center, turning once halfway through cooking, or bake as directed in Step 6.)
- Per serving:
- 345 kcal cal.,
- 13 g fat
- (6 g sat. fat,
- 40 mg chol.,
- 1330 mg sodium,
- 41 g carb.,
- 3 g fiber,
- 16 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet