Okay, mama is bugging me to mention that in this cold winter coming or already here, one of the simplest, tastiest dishes on earth is polenta and sausages. Simple: For four people, sauté any number of sausages you like until nicely browned (drool). Stir 1 cup of corn meal (polenta is corn meal and there are many (we happen to have an Italian one from Tarangna that is whole-grain but plain corn meal will do just as well (Albers, for example in the USA) into 2-3 cups of chicken broth or even plain old salted water, but broth is best. Stir the broth and corn meal until nice and thick and add a big spoon of grated parmesan, a pat of butter, salt and pepper.
Make a simple tomato sauce: Saute a small, chopped sweet onion in 1/4 cup olive oil, add 1 large can of crushed tomatoes, salt to taste and simmer. When the polenta is nice and smooth and fairly thick, spoon it onto a warm plate, make a well in the middle, spoon in tomato sauce and sprinkle with grated parmesan.
This dish will warm any tummy, even mine. I tasted the polenta and it was pretty darn good. Maybe a little tuna fish could be added….
Mama is looking at me as if I have gone bonkers.
Cooking is exhausting. She made ME stir the polenta. (Just kidding, you don’t have to stir polenta more than a few minutes, contrary to all the old wives’ tales on stirring, stirring, stirring for hours on end. Mama knows short cuts and that’s one.)